We hope that your 2020 is full of adventure and new experiences! And if you get the opportunity to have these while traveling, we hope that you return safely and without any pesky bed bugs. Though traveling is incomparably fun, it poses a significant threat of bringing home hitchhiking pests like bed bugs. In this article, we’ll discuss how to prevent their overtaking of your home when you return from your travels.
Tips for preventing bed bugs while traveling:
- When you pack, store your clothing and other personal items inside plastic bags. This will help prevent bed bugs from entering your home in the case that they snuck into your luggage.
- Inspect the room in which you’re staying for any signs of bugs. Check the mattress, sheets, furniture, and upholstery for live or dead bugs, as well as any eggs. And remember, bed bugs are not necessarily an issue of sanitation or cleanliness. They can be found in all sorts of facilities, from a cheap motel to a five-star hotel. So, no matter where you travel or how much you spend for a night’s stay, be sure to inspect your room carefully.
- Keep your luggage off the ground and away from the walls or the bed. Bed bugs typically live in fabrics, so be sure they have no access to your things from these common dwelling spots. Consider storing your bags and clothing on a metal luggage rack as these pests can not easily climb metal surfaces.
- When you leave to move onto your next destination or to head back home, be sure to examine your luggage to ensure that you have not picked up any bugs during your stay in that location. Carefully check your bags and each article of clothing.
- Your bed bug prevention efforts should not end with your return home. In case you have picked up some critters, keep your luggage outside until you can wash your clothes immediately. And depending on where you live and the time of year, keeping your things outside for a bit can help. If the temperature is too cold, it may kill the bugs before they enter your home.
- Wash your clothes. Washing your clothes with hot water can help rid your clothing of bed bugs. However, studies have recently found that ensuring they are totally controlled can simply be accomplished by putting them in the dryer for 20 minutes.
- Bed bugs can also be found on a plane, bus, rental car, and train seat. So, even if you’re sure you didn’t pick them up from a hotel, be sure they weren’t acquired somewhere else.
Returning from a trip only to find bed bugs crawling in your home is undoubtedly a nuisance. So make sure that in the case of an invasion to reach out to professional pest control experts. We at Pete’s Pest Control are prepared to treat your home in this unfortunate instance. If you find that your vacation left you in a bed bug rut, do not hesitate to call on us!