If you’ve seen a bed bug, you aren’t alone. They continue to be a top concern for people. In fact, according to a “Bugs Without Borders” survey released in 2018, 97% of pest control companies say they treated bed bugs the year prior, with the most complaints being during the travel season. Bed bugs show no sign of going anywhere, unless they’re hitching a ride with you this holiday season. Learn more about bed bug travel tips and avoid bringing these blood sucking pests home from your holiday getaway.
Bed Bug Travel Tips – Inspect Your Room
Whether you’re staying in a hotel room or vacation rental, you’ll want to inspect for bed bugs. The small bloodsucking pests like to hide out in mattresses, sofas, chairs, behind headboards, and anywhere else people hang out for long periods of time. So pull back bedsheets and lift cushions and look for bed bugs, stains, and spots, paying particular attention to seams and edges. Bed bug eggs look like grains of rice and when they are full-grown are about the size of an apple seed.
If you do notice bed bugs contact management and ask for a room that’s not adjacent to the bed-bug-infested room as bed bugs can easily hitchhike through wall sockets, housekeeping carts, and luggage.
Protect Your Luggage
As mentioned above, bed bugs will hitchhike via luggage. So to be extra vigilant, place your luggage in plastic trash bags or use protective covers during your trip to help keep bed bugs out of your luggage.
Inspect Your Luggage When Returning Home
Once your traveling is done and you are home once again, you’ll want to inspect your luggage just in case. Place it in your garage or anywhere else there is a cool, smooth surface. It’s hard for bed bugs to climb out of smooth surfaces. Use this time to vacuum your luggage before storing it away.
Dry Your Clothing, Blankets, etc.
Before storing your clothes or other fabric items, place them in the dryer for 30 minutes set on high. If the heat is over 122 degrees Fahrenheit, this should kill any bed bugs hiding in your fabric items.
Bed bugs are notorious for being resilient, so staying vigilant is best. And because they’re highly-resilient, it’s best to contact the professionals when you do have an infestation.