Bed Bug Prevention:
Step-by-Step Guide to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling
Regardless of how you travel or where you go, bed bugs problems can occur at any time and often where you may least expect them.
Whether it’s across the state or the country, scores of Americans pack their bags and head out to their favorite hotspots. Some may take a road trip and see sights along the way, while others are all about the destination and opt for a quick flight on a commercial airliner.
Regardless of how you travel or where you go, bed bugs problems can occur at any time and often where you may least expect them. We’ll take a look at a few areas associated with trips where you might happen to find bed bugs when you travel.
Bed Bug Prevention While Traveling
This is the most disturbing place to find bed bugs because this is apparently where you sleep. Not to mention that bed bugs are notorious for using beds as a hiding spot, hence their name.
Any hotel worth its weight in sheets will have pest control performed periodically, but given the nature of the business, it’s possible that some might be missed. This is why you should check the room’s bed and other furniture if you believe there may be a problem. Here are steps to prevent bed bugs in hotel rooms:
When deciding on your hotel, do a little research before buying your room. See if the hotel pops up on any bed bug registries or reporting sites, or if there have been any previous complaints. Also, you might want to ask the hotels directly about the frequency of their bed bug inspections and treatments.
#2. Room Inspection
Inspect your room before settling in, taking apart the bed to check on both sides of the mattress, along the box springs and in the headboard. Also check the rest of the room, particularly furniture near the bed like chairs or sofas, drawers, and desks, even behind pictures on the wall and along the frame. Bed bugs can be almost anywhere there’s a crack or crevice they can hide in
Before lying down to sleep, check your hotel bed. That means pulling back the sheets, lifting the mattress, and checking the walls. Look for signs of discarded shells and blood, as well.
“Inspect your room before settling in, taking apart the bed to check on both sides of the mattress, along the box springs and in the headboard.”
-Rest Easy Pest Control
#3. Ask for Another Room
Ask for another room if you find bed bugs, requesting a location as far away as possible from the first room. Then inspect the new room just as you did the first.
#4. Seal Your Luggage
Keep your luggage on a luggage rack and your clothes in sealable plastic bags, realizing that your inspection may have missed bed bugs. Keep both clean and dirty clothes sealed up when not being worn.
#5. Bed Bug Proof Mattress
Travel with bed bug-proof mattress encasements that you can put on the hotel mattresses to keep bed bugs from crawling on you to feed while you sleep.
#6. Wash and Dry Clothes on High Heat
Immediately wash and dry clothes on high heat when returning home before ever unpacking them from the plastic bags into which you’ve put them. The heat will kill bed bugs, which die at temperatures above 120 degrees. Take dry-clean clothes to the cleaners before ever bringing them inside.
Bed bugs are known to hitch rides to move from one place to another. Luggage provides them the perfect opportunity to spread their numbers to other locations. A suitcase or overnight bag is a great hiding spot with lots of small areas they can squeeze into.
Before leaving your hotel or relative’s home where you’re staying, remove all of a bag’s contents, inspect both the bag and the contents, and — once you know they’re clear — put everything back. This will greatly reduce the possibility of bed bugs problems during your trip.
“Before leaving your hotel or relative’s home where you’re staying, remove all of a bag’s contents, inspect both the bag and the contents, and — once you know they’re clear — put everything back.”
-Rest Easy Pest Control
Airports aren’t too well known for having bed bugs problems. But when trying to protect yourself from these nasty parasites, you can’t be too careful. After all, an airport will often see thousands upon thousands of travelers every day.
Although much of the luggage accompanying these travelers are dealt with through the baggage claim area only, carry-ons are quite common. And if the critters get out of one bag, it’s very easy for them to hang around the airport for a while before finding their way into yours.
Whether you’re on a business trip, flying to a far-off destination, or taking a road trip across this great country of ours, you might find yourself renting a car.
Although these cars are taken care of and cleaned quite often, that doesn’t mean they’re entirely safe. Bed bugs can make their way beneath the seats or into other small areas. Make sure you check the car before heading off down the road.***