Every spring, millions of Americans plan vacations during their annual Spring Breaks. I am writing this “dog-blog” to remind those travelers that the best way to prevent pests like mosquitoes and bed bugs from ruining their trips is through preparation and awareness.

Spring Break is one of the most popular times of the year for families and students to escape to tropical destinations. We, at Loyal Termite and Pest Control, want to remind those travelers that in order to avoid returning home with pest-related illnesses and issues, they must be vigilant and prepared.

Although bites may be inevitable, mosquitoes can leave behind more than just an itchy welt; so taking precautions against these bloodsuckers is important. Travelers in tropical areas are susceptible to contracting mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile virus and Dengue Fever, both reportedly on the rise in the US, as well as, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands.

Travelers must also take steps to prevent bed bugs from hitching rides home with them in luggage and clothing. The National Pest Management (NPMA) in a 2011 survey found a significant increase in the prevalence of bed bugs in public places, including hotel/motels and college dorms.

To remain pest-free* while away at Spring Break and once home, keep these tips in mind from the NPMA:

Use insect repellant containing EPA-registered active ingredients like DEET or Picaridin.
Limit time outdoors or wear long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
If bitten by a mosquito, clean the area thoroughly, avoid scratching, and apply anti-itch cream.
To inspect a hotel room for bed bugs, pull back bed sheets, inspect mattress seams, box springs, headboards, sofas and chairs for telltale brownish or reddish spots, shed skins, or bugs.
Avoid putting luggage on beds or upholstered furniture and store it in a plastic bag.
Once home, inspect and vacuum suitcases before bringing them inside. Wash and dry all clothes on HOT.
Consumers suspecting an infestation should contact a licensed pest professional.
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Don’t Let Pests Ruin Spring Break Fun in Virginia

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