This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mom It Forward & Orkin. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Recently I experienced a very… interesting evening at the Rollins Learning Center here in Atlanta at a #LearnWithOrkin event. The Rollins Learning Center is a super cool training facility where Orkin’s Specialist experience hands-on training through simulated real-world environments. Dr. Ron Harrison, Entomologist andOrkin’s Technical Services Director, gave us a very informative rundown of the different types of pest we encounter in our region including their origins, habits and how to get rid of them. One pest stood out above all the rest and that’s Bed Bugs. With spring break and travel season upon us it’s important for us all to take steps to protect our family and homes from the pesky bed bug!
Less than a week after my crash course on pest, particularly bed bugs, the family and I went on a fun filled getaway. I was glad to be armed with the simple acronym S-L-E-E-P to help reduce our chances of transporting bed bugs back to our home.
SURVEY: Check for signs of infestations, such as dark brown or red spots, on hotel bedding. Bed bugs are not a sanitation issue, which means they can be found in any hotel or motel – from a one-star to five-star location.
LIFT & LOOK: Bed bugs tend to settle in close proximity to their food source – you! Lift the mattress and inspect the box spring, sheets, furniture, upholstery and hollow bedposts, as well as crevices behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
ELEVATE: Keep luggage and personal belongings off the floor and away from the bed to keep bed bugs from crawling inside.
EXAMINE: Bed bugs are hitchhikers, so check all luggage and clothing for bed bugs while repacking and when arriving at home.
PLACE: Remove all clothing from luggage and place in the dryer at the highest setting for 15 minutes immediately upon returning home. (Bed bugs cannot survive temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.)
If you or a family member forget to do the five easy steps above, no worries I can confidently tell you that the Orkin’s Specialist are thoroughly trained and are there to help get rid of any pest that may enter your home.
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