How do you keep your vacation bed bug free? Ask the Pest Expert!

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Question: Our family will be taking a cruise this summer and will be staying in hotels during our vacation. How can we protect ourselves from bed bugs?
Connie in Ellicott City

Answer: There’s no doubt about it, bed bugs are a problem that is not going to go away anytime soon. But there’s good news: they can’t come into your home unless you carry them in. They don’t wander in from outside like an ant or a mouse; bed bug infestations can only occur if you bring them into your home. As long as you take proper precautions when traveling, you should be able to enjoy your vacation without bringing home any unwanted souvenirs. There are some simple steps that you can take to minimize your risk of bringing them home.

An Ounce of Prevention:

  • Pack light, taking only what you can wash in hot water. It’s also easier to move your things to a new hotel room or cabin if you do find a problem.
  • Choose the right luggage. Bed bugs have a definite preference for cloth luggage and can get through even a closed zipper. So choose metal or plastic luggage (hard-case) with tight closures.
  • Protect your belongings. Seal your clothes (and everything else) in airtight bags and keep them inside your luggage when you’re not using them.

During and After Your Trip:

  • Protect your luggage. Keep your suitcase on a luggage rack, never put it on your bed and resist the urge to use your cabin/hotel room dressers. If there is not a luggage rack in your room, you can request one or find a hard surface (the lighter the color the better) or keep it in your bathtub.
  • Check your room. One thing you definitely want to pack is a flashlight. Check the mattress, mattress seams, under the bed, behind the headboard, creases of drapes, couch cushions, behind picture frames and any visible cracks in the floor, walls or furniture.
  • Once Home, Unpack Safely. Keep your suitcases away from your bedroom and your living room. If possible, unpack directly into your washing machine and launder your clothes immediately. After unpacking, vacuum your luggage and put in a garbage bag in the back seat of your car on a hot day before your store it away.

Bill Brown currently serves as our resident pest expert and is happy to answer all your questions about protecting your home from rodents, bugs, termites and pests of all types.

Want to submit a question? Fill out the form on our contact page or email today! For more helpful tips from our pest expert, call (410) 317-8510

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How to Identify Bedbugs


Bed bugs were all but completely eradicated in developed countries by the mid 1900’s, but they have been coming back in significant numbers more recently because of increased foreign travel and less toxic pesticides. With the resurgence and prevalence of bed bugs today, it has become important that you know how to identify them and, once you do find them, call a pest control company as soon as possible. Here are some tips on how to identify bed bugs:

Physical Appearance: Bed bugs are easily recognizable if you know what to look for. They have brownish red bodies and are about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs have six legs, their bodies have strips of microscopic hairs that make them look banded, and they do not have wings during stage of their lives. Young ones are similar, but translucent and much smaller.

Evidence: Because they are small and mainly active at night, spotting a bed bug may prove to be quite difficult. Evidence of their presence, however, includes itchy rashes and tiny bite marks, small spots of dried blood, or little black fecal spots on your bedding.

Locations: Their tiny size makes it possible for bed bugs to hide in hard to find places. Good places to look for bed bugs include the seams of your mattress and bedding, between your mattress and box spring, and along your bed frame. They don’t limit themselves to beds, though. Check your dresser and night stand drawers, including the side facing the wall. Also inspect any upholstered furniture for signs of these blood sucking pests.

If you think that you might have a bed bug infestation, then call Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510 and schedule an inspection. We provide expert pest control services in both residential and commercial environments with extraordinary customer care. Visit Bed Bug Central to learn more.

Tips for keeping a bug-free home

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Your home is an inviting environment for all kinds of little critters, especially in the summer. Ants, spiders, and other creepy crawlers can bring in diseases and scare out guests. For these reasons, it’s important that you protect your home from pests. There are many things that you can do to battle an entomological invasion and avoid household encounters with anything that has six or more legs. Here are a few tips to help you keep your house bugfree:

Seal up Entrances: One way to reduce the number of pests entering your home is by leaving as few entry points as possible. Make sure that closed windows and doors have a good seal and add door sweeps to minimize the gap at your thresholds. Use very fine window screens and caulk gaps around window frames, vents and pipes.

Don’t Leave them Food: Along with other insects, ants are attracted by the smallest bits of food. Make sure you don’t leave food containers open or dirty dishes lying around. Also, be sure to clean up any messes you make on floors, counters, and tables. Unlike humans, bugs hate a clean house.

Go on the Offensive: You can also prevent pests from getting into your house by stopping them before they get in. Gardens, yards, garages and other places are where bugs gather before they enter your home. Hire a pest control experts like Rest Assured Pest Control to spray around your house, create a barrier and get to the bugs before they get to you.

To keep bugs out of your house or to remove the ones that have already gotten there, call Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510 today. Our friendly experts will let you know how best to treat the problem and get the job done quickly and professionally. Sign up for a free home inspection today!

Do you have an ant problem? Ask the Pest Expert!

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Many homeowners call us with ant problems. In fact, it’s the most common reason for a first visit for a pest management professional. You can attempt to control the problem yourself by carefully sealing cracks around doors, windows, and baseboards; storing food in sealed containers and keeping counters/surfaces as clean as possible; and putting sticky barriers around anything and everything that might attract ants.If these efforts are not enough, it may be time to get the help of a pest management professional who can offer a more comprehensive approach to address the special challenges of ant control. A thorough inspection and identification of the location, species, and nesting conditions should be the first step in any integrated approach. Most pest management professionals will offer protection in three layers:

  • Exterior treatment to home (the structure itself): Ants passing through the treated area will get insecticide on their bodies and transfer the active ingredient to nest mates through routine social contact. This method can control ants that never make direct contact with a treated surface. They need only to contact other ants that have been exposed.
  • Exterior treatment away from home structure: Trees, planting beds, or outdoor garbage cans can foster the growth of ant populations. Treating these areas with bait stations will aid in control and help prevent newly invading colonies from setting up close to your house.
  • Inside your home: Because there are so many species of ants and so many treatment situations, there is a broad range of indoor control products to treat them, from low-dose insecticides to bait stations to prescription treatment formulations for severe infestations. Talk to your pest professional about the safest and most effective treatment plan.

Bill Brown currently serves as our resident pest expert and is happy to answer all your questions about protecting your home from rodents, bugs, termites and pests of all types.

Want to submit a question? Fill out the form on our contact page or email today! For more helpful tips from our pest expert, call (410) 317-8510