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Avoid bringing home bed bugs when you travel

You might be thinking to yourself, “how can I possibly have bed bugs if I clean my bedroom and bedding on a regular basis? And how do I avoid bringing home beg bugs when I travel, go see a movie, ride in a taxi or uber car, take a flight, or use public transportation?”

The truth is, bed bugs just don’t appear out of thin air, instead, they’re commonly transported into your home by you and your personal belongings, like backpacks, purses, or suitcases. Bed bugs live in close proximity to their meals, therefore, they can be found not only in beds or bedding, but can also be found in hotel rooms, taxis, movie theaters, or public transportation.

Basically, bed bugs can be found anywhere humans spend extended amounts of time in, so when you travel outside your home, you should always be careful and on the lookout for any evidence of bed bugs. When staying at a hotel, you should always check the hotel reviews on websites like Yelp, Travelocity,, etc. If a particular hotel has a history of bed bug infestations, prior visitors will often leave comments about their bed bug experience. Once you’ve checked into your room, make sure to check the mattress, box spring, headboard, bed frame and sheets for any of the common signs of a bed bug presence. These signs consist of rust colored staining on the mattresses or sheets, shed skins, or actual bed bugs. We also recommend that you never store your clothing in the dressers, but instead store them high off the ground to avoid any bed bug hitchhikers.

Obviously there is no guarantee that you won’t bring home bed bugs, but if you follow our advice, it will decrease your chances of bringing home a bed bug infestation.  If you do end up bringing home some of these nasty blood sucking critters, don’t hesitate to contact San Diego County’s leading bed bug exterminator, Bye Bye Bed Bugs, so one of our technicians can assess your home and set up a custom extermination package.

Finding Bed Bugs

Finding Bed Bugs

Like any possible infestation, the quicker your establish that you have bed bugs, the easier our work will be to eradicate your home of this pests.  At Bye Bye Bed Bugs, we recommend a thorough assessment by one of our trained technicians, followed by a custom hot air treatment to rid your home of any bed bug infestation.  Then we always suggest to have your home rechecked on a routine basis to keep your homes free and clear of any unwanted pests.  If you’re not convinced that you have a bed bug issue and want to conduct your own inspection of your home, there are a few signs you should keep your eyes open for:

  • Blood stains on your clothing, pajamas, and bedding.
  • Rust or dark red colored stains from fecal stains or droppings.
  • Exoskeletons or shed bed bug skins.
  • Bed Bug Eggs
  • Dead adult bed bugs

You should conduct your bed bug search in the areas where you and your family members rest or spend extended amounts of time in.

Bed bugs get their names because they’re often found in and around beds because that’s where their meals sleep, i.e., you!  That being said, you should throughly search your mattress, box spring, headboard, footboard, bed frame, surrounding furniture, and fixtures close to your bed.  You should also inspect your couches, recliners, sitting chairs, and any pillows or cushions situated on these furniture items.

One sure sign that you have a full bed bug infestation on your hands is the discovery of any bed bug skins or exoskeletons that are abandoned after the molting process or ecdysis.  Bed bugs go through a 5 stage maturing process during which it molts after each blood feeding.  When a bed bug infestation is in the early stages, there are less skins or exoskeletons because adult bed bugs don’t molt after a feeding.  Once that handful of adult bed bugs continue to mate, the infestation becomes made up of primarily immature bed bugs, therefore increasing the amount of molting and discarded skins. These molted exoskeletons also don’t decompose at the same rate as a dead bed bug, so over time, as the infestation increases, so does the amount of built up exoskeletons. 

If you’ve come across these molted skins, as the leading hot air bed bug exterminator in Carlsbad, North County, and greater San Diego area, we recommend your contact us immediately so that we may assess the extent of your infestation and arrange a full eradication of your home. The worst thing you can do is continue cleaning up or try to get rid of them by yourself because this will only stir things up and allow the bed bugs to scatter and infest other untouched parts of your home. 

Don’t allow bed bugs to spread across your Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, North County or elsewhere in your San Diego County home!  Contact Bye Bye Bed Bugs today!

Although bed bugs are fairly difficult to find due to their illusive way of existence, they do leave behind lots of evidence in the form of droppings or fecal stains.  These stains show up in a rust colored or dark red spot created by partially digested blood, which explains the dark rusty color instead of a deep red.  Bed bug droppings will show up in clusters on your mattress creases, buttons, corners, or bedding and be considered a sign of a potential bed bug infestation.  You should also treat this evidence like you do the presence of shed skins, the more droppings left behind, the larger your chances are of having a bed bug infestation.

Why are they called bed bugs?

As the name implies, these critters get their name because they’re typically found in close proximity to beds.  They pick beds, couches, recliners, and other furniture that warm blooded animals often spend extended amounts of time in, so they may feed inundated.  Although bed bug bites resemble mosquito and flea bites, a bed bug injects it’s victim with a natural anesthetic, enabling them to feed undetected.  Whereas a mosquito, flea bite, or spider bite may be felt right away.

Scientifically known as cimex lectularius, bed bugs are commonly transported into homes by hitching on to unsuspecting people and their belongings.  Once in your home, bed bugs quickly establish a base anywhere you or your family rest or sleep.  Although they reproduce by the numbers, an average lifespan of a bed bug is 7 to 12 months.  Bed Bugs retreat back to their safe hiding spot for days or even weeks until needing to feed again, making it hard to detect a bed bug problem until it’s too late and you require the assistance of a professional bed bug exterminator.  Similar to any kind of home infestation, the sooner a diagnosis occurs, the easier it will be to rid of any kind of bed bug problem.

If you find that you are no expert in finding bed bugs, you are not alone.  However, there are certain signs that the average person can look for in an effort to spot a bed bug problem in the early stages.   If you suspect that your bedroom or home has been intruded by bed bugs, some of the signs that they’ve been around are shed skins, fecal stains on bedding, or blood stains on  pajamas/bedding. Any signs of bed bugs should be taken serious and should be followed up with a professional assessment from an experienced San Diego Bed Bug Eradication Company with the credentials and proven track record that Bye Bye Bed Bugs possesses.

How to conduct an initial assessment for bed bugs in your home.

Obviously the majority of the population has never been formally trained in the “art” of bed bug detection. So confirming the presence of bed bugs requires very close examination of your entire bedroom, your bed mattress, mattress springs, bed framing, bedroom fixtures, and other bedroom furniture.  You should also inspect other areas in your home that you or your family spend extended amounts of time either resting or sleeping, like sofas or recliners.

If you suspect that you’ve got some bed bugs hanging out in your bedroom or home, there are a handful of signs you can look for as evidence of bed bug presence.  Carefully inspect your mattress, sheets, and other bedding for dark stains resulting from dried fecal matter left by a bed bug.  During this inspection, also keep your eye open for reddish stains on your bedding that may be a result of a crushed bed bug or a one that gorged itself.

Approximately 1/8 the size and shape of a grain of rice, bed bug eggs are also considered a clear sign of their presence, and can be found during a detailed inspection of your home.  The presence of bed bug eggs obviously means they were left there by an adult bed bug.  Adult bed bugs usually mature in about 30 days and hang around from 6-12 months, during which time they leave lots of evidence that they’ve staked up a spot near your bed or other resting area.  During this time a bed bug will shed its skin multiple times in a process called “ecdysis” within bed bugs instar stages of growth. A close inspection of your bed and bedding will uncover these exoskeletons if indeed you have a bed bug problem.

Either way, if you suspect that you’ve been a sleeping meal for some bed bugs lately, give us a call at Bye Bye Bed Bugs so that one of our technicians can schedule an appointment to throughly inspect your home.  If we find the presence of bed bugs in your home, we will set up a custom eradication plan to rid yourself and your home of these nasty invaders.  Don’t hesitate, contact the leading bed bug eradication company in San Diego County Today.