Bed Bug Travel Guide

Bed Bug Travel Guide

Each year thousands of people bring bed bugs home after exposure  during hotel stays or while on airplanes, trains, buses or cruise ships. The  steps below can reduce the possibility of staying in a bed bug infested  location and prevent infesting your home when you return from your travels.

Before  Unpacking –

  • Don’t put your suitcase or backpack on the bed or floor; elevate  them on a luggage rack.
  • Inspect the closet and baseboards nearby the luggage rack before  placing items in the closet or on the rack.
  • Wall mounted headboards are a standard in many hotel rooms.  Check behind and around the headboard.
  • Lift bedding, mattress and box spring and check seems, folds,  tags, stapled dust cover and other hiding areas carefully. In hotels, these  areas are disturbed frequently and inspected by housekeeping often, so they are  not found here as frequently as they are found here in a home.
  • Inspect nightstands, dressers, and other furniture around the  bed area including behind wall hangings.

During Your Stay –

  • Periodically inspect your suitcase and clothing.
  • Each morning, check for new red marks on your body, and for  blood spots on the bedding.

Before Leaving –

  • Inspect your clothes and other items before packing.
  • Carefully check crevices in suitcases and backpacks.

After Returning Home –

  • Check again all traveling stuff, and separately wash and dry on  the highest permitted temperature all clothing and bedding items for at least  30 minutes, or dry clean if necessary.
  • Check your suitcases again.
  • Don’t store your suitcase or backpack under your bed.