New Englanders have always been known as a hardy bunch who can deal with even the worst of weather. Unfortunately, for some of us, winter weather can be just a bit too much to bare sometimes, and therefore escaping to a warmer destination until spring arrives is a smart move. Whether your destination is a remote, tropical island or closer to home in sunny Florida, be sure to take precautions as you travel for pests that can either ruin your vacation or hitchhike back to your New England home upon your return. The two culprits we want to caution travelers about are the mosquitoes and the dreaded bed bug! Read more on how to protect yourself from these pests and enjoy your winter.
Travelers should take these precautions when dealing with mosquitoes:
- Check on the Centers for Disease Control website about the threats of insects, especially mosquitoes in the area where you are visiting.
- Plan ahead. Are you settled into an area with a lot of bugs? Is your destination known for their mosquitoes? Being prepared beforehand can make all the difference. Bring protection in the form of repellant and clothing that is light but will also cover your body. Avoid outdoor activities at peak mosquito times, including dusk and daybreak. Invest in netting if your hotel or vacation home does not supply them.
Travelers should take these precautions when considering bed bugs:
- Check your hotel room or the furnishings in the home where you are staying. Specifically look around the edges of the mattress and cushioned chairs and sofa. If you notice any blood spots, eggs, or the bed bugs themselves, then tell the management and request a new room.
- Check your materials before bringing them back inside your home. This includes all of your clothing, suitcases, purses and carry on bags.
- Depending upon the area where you are visiting you may want to check the Bed Bug Registry.
Call Pest-End Exterminators Toll Free: 800-287-4321 Phone: 603-382-9644 Phone: 978-794-4321 if you need help with pests in your home or those that have hitchhiked on your possessions and have set up shop in your home.