Most people know to be cautious of bed bugs in hotels, motels, and other places with a bed. But bed bugs can be picked up and hitchhike to your home from many other places. Movie theaters are an unlikely but possible hotspot for bed bugs because of the high number of people that move through them and the amount of time that’s spent in their seats. Bed bugs can be a serious and costly problem if they show up in your house. Preventing them from coming in the first place is much easier than treating them once they’re there. In public places like movie theaters, you can avoid these pests by:
- Inspecting the Seats. Get to your movie early so that you can check your seat and the ones around it for any signs of bed bugs. If you find any small blood spots, reddish brown or black fecal spots, or shed skins, leave immediately and inform the theater employees.
- Holding Onto Your Belongings. Don’t put your bags or jacket on the chairs or floor if possible. Instead, hold them on your lap.
- Inspecting Yourself. After you leave the theater and before you get in your car to go home, thoroughly check your clothes and belongings for bed bugs. They like to hide in the seams of fabric and other tight, small spaces, so those are the best places to look.
If you want to be extra cautious, you can wash your clothes in hot water and dry them on a high heat setting. Removing clutter also gives bed bugs fewer places to hide and lay eggs in. Infestations are not common enough yet that it is worth taking this extra step but pay attention to the news, as invasions of bed bugs are growing. Bed Bug Control Treatment with One Hour Pest Control If you still find bed bugs in your home, or you operate a movie theater and want to control your bed bug problem, contact a professional pest control company like One Hour Pest Control today.