When you’re traveling, it can be awful to run into problems with bed bugs. Not only can they put a damper on what is supposed to be a fun and relaxing time, but they can also worm their way into your clothing and make a return to your home. This can cause issues for all who live in your home, including any pets you may have!

If you have any problems with bed bugs in your home or business in Seattle, Tacoma, or the surrounding areas, you can always get in touch with Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives for expert bed bug removal. Our team utilizes our specially trained canines to locate any bed bug infestations, then we utilize high-quality, effective treatments to destroy the bugs. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment. Continue reading to learn how to watch out for bed bugs on your travels this holiday season.

How To Spot Bed Bugs

These little critters can be very difficult to spot. They are tiny and often hide very effectively within bedding, carpets, and other places. However, even if you cannot spot the bugs themselves, there are two main things to be on the lookout for.

  1. Stains — Bed bugs leave small black stains on the areas where they have been. They also can leave slightly larger rust-colored stains if they have been squished or spent longer amounts of time in the same area.
  2. Shells — Bed bugs will lay their eggs in mattresses, and you may find the remains of eggs or eggshells. They also will shed their skin as they grow larger, so you can find pale skin remnants that will often be stuck to the mattress.

Inspecting Your Room For Bed Bugs

While it may be tough to find bed bugs in the beds or carpets, there are a few ways to keep your belongings safe as you inspect your temporary residence. Firstly, you can put your backpack or suitcase in the bathroom. On the counter or in the bathtub is a great spot because bed bugs don’t usually venture far from carpets and fabrics, and it will make it easy to spot any bugs that have come to find your belongings. Secondly, you will want to perform a thorough investigation of your bed. To do this, check all the sheets and the mattress itself by removing the sheets from the bed. Finally, be sure to check any other furniture in the room to ensure they aren’t hiding in a couch or armchair.

Get Professional Bed Bug Treatment

When you come home, if you are worried about the possibility of bed bugs in your home, get in touch with Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives. If you are a property owner, you can also call our team to check out your business to ensure that any patrons visiting your locations will not suffer from bed bugs. Contact us today to learn more about our dog bed bug inspections and how we will work with you to overcome any bed bug infestations.