In the winter holiday season, which lasts from the weekend before Thanksgiving until the weekend after New Year’s day, millions of Americans spend their time traveling to see family and friends, or simply taking vacation opportunities while children are off from school and most workplaces are experiencing a slowdown. Over Thanksgiving weekend, alone, over 46 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles from home. While many of these travelers stay with friends and family, many others stay at hotels.
In addition to souvenirs, presents, and holiday leftovers, many holiday travelers may find that they have brought home unwanted guests with them after the holidays. Travel to different locations can expose people to pests that they do not encounter on a normal, every-day basis. A relative’s home may have a flea infestation, and you may find that you or your furry friends have brought home fleas or ticks to a home that was previously pest-free. Worse, you may find that you are one of those unlucky people that have been exposed to bed bugs during your travels. This is because bed bugs are hitchhikers. Moreover, someone with a mild bed bug infestation may not even be aware of the problem because early infestations tend to be asymptomatic.
Why are bed bugs such a problem? After all, unlike many other pests, bed bugs are not associated with any type of disease transmission. In addition, many people have relatively benign reactions to bed bugs. The real problem comes when there is either a severe infestation or a combination of sensitive individual and bed bugs. In those circumstances, the bed bug bites can cause severe itching, and the scratching that results can actually be a source of secondary infection for individuals.
If you think that you may have been exposed to bed bugs, you may have a problem detecting the infestation in its early stages, which is exactly when you want to catch it to make eradicating the pests easier! Viking Pest Control uses the best technology available to help detect bed bugs- two beagles named Hagar and Helga who are NESDCA certified inspectors. They can uncover infestations that might evade human senses and help us help you tackle a bed bug problem! While Viking Pest Control can help with even severe infestations, the earlier, the better, because bed bugs reproduce extremely quickly. In addition to other methods, Viking uses a proven heat treatment to eradicate bed bugs much more quickly than other treatment approaches.