Despite their name, bed bugs seem to be popping up everywhere. These little hitchhiking pests frequent a variety of places beyond hotel rooms like movie theaters, libraries, hospitals, schools and even stores. Be on the lookout this holiday shopping season for the signs to avoid bringing home bed bugs and risk ruining your holiday season.
Before trying on clothing, inspect for stains that may be blood spots left by feeding bed bugs. Inspect items for live bed bugs that may have attached themselves, paying close attention to seams and crevices where they may be hiding or have laid eggs. Check behind the fitting room mirror and any other crevices where bed bugs may be hiding. Hang the clothing up and do not allow it to rest on the floor or near any upholstered surface. If you suspect the clothing displays signs of bed bugs, inform the store manager.
After purchasing clothing, wash with hot water to eliminate any pests or germs that you may have missed. If you suspect your home has bed bugs, call Falcon Lawn & Pest at 1-800-532-5266.