Bed Bug Awareness Week Urges Travelers to Brush Up on Bed Bug Basics

National Pest Management Association shares tips for avoiding these
transient pests

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BBAW–Summer travel season is quickly approaching and families across the
country are finalizing vacation plans and getting ready to pack their
bags. This season, the National
Pest Management Association
(NPMA) is reminding travelers to brush
up on bed bug basics to help avoid bringing these biting pests home.
During Bed Bug Awareness Week, June 5-11, 2016, the NPMA, in partnership
with the pest control industry, will work to spread public awareness of
bed bugs.

In recent years, bed bugs have become a growing pest control concern as
their populations have continued to rise. The 2015 Bugs Without Borders
survey, conducted by the NPMA and the University of Kentucky, found that
99.6 percent of pest control companies treated for bed bugs in the past

“Understandably, the rise in bed bug populations in recent years has
many people concerned,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public
affairs at NPMA. “Bed bugs are equal opportunity pests and are found in
five star hotels, summer camps, dormitories— anywhere there is a steady
source of a blood meal, and no one wants to bring them home. That said,
people may unknowingly transport bed bugs more so during the summer
months when vacation travel activity is at its peak.”

To help avoid bed bugs, NPMA recommends the following prevention tips:

  • Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.
  • Check your sheets for telltale blood spots.
  • Consider bringing a large plastic trash bag to keep your suitcase in
    during hotel stays.
  • Carry a small flashlight to assist you with visual inspections.
  • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box
    springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of bed
    bugs. Consider having a pest control professional inspect the
    furniture as it is difficult to detect an infestation without training.
  • Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.
  • Seek professional pest control assistance to address an infestation.

For more information, visit

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property. For more
information, visit


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