Ok, so Labor Day is approaching and I decided to do a quick search on what exactly Labor Day means. According to Wikipedia:
“Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City. In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.”
I had thought, probably as many Americans do, that Labor Day means: the end of Summer, back to school for kids, time to kick back into full gear at work, and the end of the traditional vacation season… Many Americans also look at Labor Day Weekend as the last hoorah for vacation getaways. People are looking to take one last trip at the end of summer, and also looking for a great deal as well. A lot of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts offer end of season discounts for this weekend.
But here is where I caution you! Watch where you choose to spend this vacation weekend! Unless you have removed yourself from all news sources the past several months, you’ve seen nothing but bed bugs. Bed bugs are everywhere – hotels, motels, homes, shops, movie theatres, etc. These places are great sources for bed bug infestations which can spread rapidly.
Bed bug bites may result in an itchy welt, which causes discomfort and could even lead to secondary infection of the bite wound due to scratching. Also, bed bugs do not discriminate. Do you think they care if they stay at a luxury vs. an economy hotel? They merely hide out and wait for their next meal… or shall I say victim.
Am I advising you not to venture out someone this last great summer weekend? Never. But please take appropriate measures to protect yourself and family when you arrive at your destination. Check your room for tell tale signs of bed bugs.
One final point: Summer is winding down, with that a lot of seasonal pests are too – ants, flies, mosquitos, etc. But does that mean bed bug activity will be winding down? Of course not! Bed bugs do not have “down time.” Looking at the wiki information above, can we even hope for bed bug strike? Doubt it!