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Watch For Hungry Bed Bugs While Traveling This Summer

Cowleys Pest Services warns eager travelers to stay alert for signs of this hitchhiking pest during Bed Bug Awareness Week

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With restrictions lifting across much of the U.S. ahead of summer, many are eager to travel and are booking vacations to make up for lost time during the pandemic. But before dropping off your suitcase at your hotel and heading out to do some exploring, pest control experts at Cowleys Pest Services warn of hungry pests who are also eager for your return. This Bed Bug Awareness Week, June 6-12, Cowleys Pest Services is teaming up with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to share the signs of a bed bug infestation ahead of any fun vacation plans. 

“Understandably, many are looking to get out, relax and have some fun this summer,” said Bill Cowley, Co-Owner of Cowleys Pest Services. “Bed bugs still remain a threat and are expected to be hungrier than ever because of the lack of travelers since the beginning of the pandemic. This pest can be found anywhere, whether it’s a 5-star resort or roadside motel, so it is important to stay alert for signs of bed bugs no matter where you’re sleeping.” 

With Twitter engagement around bed bugs increasing 433% alone since February,* Cowleys is sharing the most common signs of a bed bug infestation: 

  1. Small red to reddish-brown fecal spots on mattresses, upholstery, or walls
  2. Molted bed bug skins, their white, sticky eggs or empty eggshells
  3. Red, itchy bite marks, especially on the legs, arms, and other body parts exposed while sleeping
  4. A sweet odor throughout the room 

“While many people like to bring home souvenirs from vacations, you don’t want yours to be bed bugs. Check behind picture frames and in dressers as well when inspecting your room, as bed bugs are known to infest those areas as well. If you do suspect an infestation, contact hotel management immediately and ask to switch rooms. When you return home, vacuum your suitcase before bringing it indoors just in case any bed bugs found their way home with you.” added Bill Cowley. 

*Online engagement findings are a result of research conducted by Advanced Symbolics Inc.

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