Happy Travels! – Tips for Travelers to Avoid Bed Bugs
One of the favorite pastime of bed bugs…
...aside from making your life miserable - is traveling.
In fact, one of the theories explaining the recent resurgence of these unwelcome hitchhikers is the ease of travel in our current society.
With discount airlines, high-speed trains, and the abundance of public transportation, there are so many more opportunities for bed bugs to jump from one set of luggage to the next, and travel between states, countries, and continents in merely hours!
To help stop the spread of these pesky passengers, I’ve developed some tips to keep in mind when you’re traveling to help you avoid bed bugs.
- Travel Light – Try to pack only what can be easily be kept in your bag when you’re not using or wearing it. Also, remember that extreme heat can be the bed bug’s enemy (though not always!) so try to pack things that can be laundered in hot water.
- Inspect and Survey – Inspect any hotel room or hostel for signs of bed bugs, such as spots or streaks on sheets. (Refer to some of the above tips for other signs to look for.) Bring a flashlight and leave your luggage at the door or on a luggage rack while you do the inspection. Be sure to look under the corners of the mattress and box spring, as well as in the sofa and furniture. A basic inspection should only take 5-10 minutes.
- Guard Your Bags – Always elevate your luggage on a rack (be sure to inspect the rack for bed bugs as well). You may also want to consider keeping electronics or anything that can’t be laundered in Ziploc bags when you’re not using them.
- Keep it Sealed – If you are traveling in a car, or riding back from the airport, consider putting your luggage in a large lawn bag, tied tightly in a knot. This way, you don’t risk infecting your car with any little vagabonds you may have missed in your parting inspections.
- Examine and Wash – When you arrive back home, do your unpacking in a utility room or garage before bringing the bags back into your home. Do a thorough examination of your luggage and clothes for any traces of bed bugs. Wash everything in hot water and vacuum out the luggage before bringing it inside.
- Get Professional Help – Even if you take all the right precautions, remember bed bugs are sneaky travelers! They can survive extreme temperatures (sometimes up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit!), so they are very difficult to kill. If you think you may have brought something more home from your travels than just your souvenirs, your best bet is to call Larue Pest Management and let the professionals make sure the bed bugs don’t bite!
For Bed Bug Service Techs that you can trust, contact us online, or give us a call at (800) 314-8813. We’re glad to help!