Getting Bed Bugs From Traveling?
Summertime is often associated with weekend getaways and vacations. But there’s a hidden danger associated with traveling that people often overlook: bed bugs.
How To Prevent Bed Bugs From Hitchhiking Back To Your Home
- When you’re traveling, make sure you pack your items in tightly sealed, clear plastic bags. Large zip-top bags work just fine.
- Inspect the room(s) where you’ll be staying during your trip for the signs of bed bugs, especially the mattress, headboard, and luggage racks.
- In hotel rooms, use the luggage racks (after inspecting them, of course), to hold your luggage when packing or unpacking. Try to keep your luggage away from the floor and bed.
- If you decide to travel with books, put them in zip-top bags and freeze them for at least 4 days after you return home.
- When you get back home from your trip, immediately wash all articles of clothing and inspect your suitcase carefully.
- Keep your suitcase isolated from the rest of your home. Put it in a large plastic bag (such as a garbage bag), tie it tightly shut, and let it sit for a few days in the garage, basement, or outside, until you get the chance to have it washed or heat treated. The longer you keep the suitcase in plastic, the fewer bed bugs will survive. Even if a few bed bug eggs manage to hatch within your suitcase, the young need to feed within a few weeks in order to survive.
It’s understandable to have a mild fear of bed bugs when traveling. Once bed bugs become established inside of your home, they’re very difficult to eliminate.
If you’re concerned that bed bugs may have found a way into your home after a long vacation or you have any questions about identifying bed bugs, call go2-pros extermination!