Karysa Kent

Traveling Bed Bugs

by Karysa Kent on January 5, 2017 at 4:25 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Recently Orkin Termite Treatment, Pest Control & Exterminator Service posted their annual bed bug list and Columbus is ranked fifth in the nation.

It’s commonly because of traveling that people get bed bugs according to Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Sanitarian, Adam Dickerson. Dickerson suggested that when staying somewhere else like a hotel to put your luggage on a tile floor and to personally check the room for bed bugs.

“Bed bugs are usually found within eight feet of an area where people would be resting,” said Dickerson. “So obviously the mattress would be the first thing. Pull up the sheets and check the corners of the beds, lift up the mattress check the box springs.”

Dickerson said to also check luggage racks, bedside tables, drawers,  and even behind picture frames. Before returning home from a hotel put all dirty clothes in a dark plastic bag.

“Leave your luggage in the garage until you can inspect it very well,” said Dickerson. “Make sure there are no bed bugs or eggs and then when you do take your clothes wash them on high heat and then dry them also on high heat and that should kill anything that would be on your clothes.”

Dickerson said bed bugs typically do not feed off pets. For more information visit the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department website, zmchd.org