Bed Bugs Cook Up Their Own Thanksgiving Feast

The National Pest Management Association shares easy-to-remember tips
to keep hitchhiking pests from taking a bite out of the holidays

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#bedbug–The busiest travel day of the year is in sight, with more than 48
million Americans expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for
Thanksgiving – the most since 2007, according to AAA. The National
Pest Management Association
(NPMA) reminds those planning to hit the
roads, skies and railways to take the necessary precautions to help
reduce encounters with bed bugs and offers advice on ways to avoid
bringing the pest home for the holidays.

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers because they are so easily
transported from one place to another in human belongings, such as
suitcases, purses and laptop bags. This makes travelers especially
susceptible to picking up bed bugs while away from home, regardless of
whether staying in a hotel or at a relative’s house. “The best advice I
can give to those traveling over the holidays is to be on the lookout
for evidence of bed bug activity at all times,” noted Cindy Mannes, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA.

Some common signs of bed bugs include pepper-like stains on
fabric-covered items, molted bed bug skins, the bugs themselves in
various life stages, white eggs and empty egg casings. All travelers
should thoroughly inspect the room for the presence of these bed bug
indicators upon arriving at their intended destination. This includes
pulling back the bed sheets to examine the mattress seams, checking
behind the headboard and looking in furniture crevices. A small
flashlight can help aide in this investigation. If a bed bug infestation
is suspected, guests should immediately notify management or property
owners, and request a new room.

It’s also good practice for travelers to vacuum their luggage and wash
and dry all clothes – even those that have not been warn – on high heat
when returning home.

For more information on bed bugs, visit

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property. For more
information, visit
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