Treat Your Luggage for Bed Bugs
Before You Bring them Home to New Orleans
After enjoying the comfort of a nice hotel, you arrive home in New Orleans bringing back the treasures of your vacation including souvenirs, photographs and memories. But did you know there is a good chance that you might be bringing back unwanted cargo as well in the form of bed bugs?
If you have recently traveled to cities like Philadelphia, New York or any of the other cities on the Terminix “Most Bed Bug Infested Cities” list, you may want to consider having your luggage treated for bed bugs when you return back to New Orleans.
How to get rid of uninvited pests brought home from your trip
If you do have to travel to one of these bed bug havens, call the hotel ahead of time to ask if they use bedbug-proof bedding encasements, and search online for any history of the hotel reporting bedbug cases. Never assume that a five-star hotel will be free of any infesting bedbugs.
Don’t make this mistake
Many people who fear they may have encountered bedbugs on their trip might return home and immediately wash their clothing in hot water once they return in hopes of killing any extra passengers. However, this technique may only prove partially effective as bedbugs may be hiding in your luggage, inside your shoes or a variety of other places.
Drop off your luggage before you bring bed bugs home
Instead of waiting to see if you brought bed bugs home, we invite you to drop off your luggage and all of its contents at Dial One Franklynn Pest Control in Metairie to be treated before arriving home. Our bed bug treatment options for luggage and personal belongings include:
- Non-pesticide treatments (such as Argon)
Fumigation is by far the easiest and least expensive. This highly effective bug-ridding solution uses Vikane to kill off bedbugs and eggs. It leaves no residue, and does not require washing your clothes when you get home.
A non-pesticide treatment uses the elemental inert gas Argon. This eco-friendly solution is a longer process but does not require chemicals or fog. Killing bedbugs using CO2 is also an eco-friendly solution but might possibly form ice in your luggage, and your belongings. To work effectively the CO2 must be used at a specific regulated rate to ensure it kills the bedbugs and eggs.
Don’t wait until after you’ve brought bedbugs home!
A highly qualified pest control professional should perform all of these procedures to eradicate bedbugs from your luggage and belongings. The processes take from 24 hours to five days, depending on which approach you choose.
So next time you travel, just stop by our office (link to Contact Us page) on the way back from the airport in Kenner and drop off your luggage to be treated and make sure you don’t bring bed bugs back home to New Orleans! Call or e-mail us for a price on this service.