The holidays are quickly approaching, so we can all expect to see even more travel occur throughout the United States. While traveling can be stressful, it’s nothing compared to returning home and discovering you’ve brought bed bugs with you! We breakdown how you can eliminate the potential for bed bugs while traveling.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling:
- Inspect your hotel or Airbnb room carefully before unpacking. Look for signs of bed bugs under your mattress and behind the headboard. Common signs include:
- Small, dark spots
- Blood stains
- Don’t put luggage on the bed or on the floor. Utilize a luggage rack or fully unpack and hang up your clothes if a closet is provided.
- When returning home, unpack and wash your clothing right away. The heat from the dryer will help eliminate any hitchhiking bed bugs.
- After returning, inspect your home for any signs of potential bed bugs.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found?
Bed bugs are found in many locations, including Airbnb’s, hotels, public transportation, public places, and even friends or family homes. It’s best to be mindful of where you place your belongings while traveling.