Chances are you start to feel a little squeamish at the mention of bed bugs. Bed bugs live in lots of different places all around the country, and traveling increases the likelihood that you will encounter these pesky critters. There are some things you can do, however, to reduce the likelihood that you ever bring bed bugs home with you from a trip. Here are some things to remember:
- When you are staying in a hotel or motel, check your room right away. Put your luggage in the bathroom while you look for signs of bed bugs.
- Teach your children about bed bugs and how to recognize their bites.
- The first place to look is the beds. Don’t forget to look under the mattress and behind the headboard. What are you looking for? Small black dots or small blood stains. The bed bugs themselves are a similar size and shape to an apple seed.
- After checking the beds, check the area around the bed as well. Don’t forget chairs, sofas and the closet.
- When traveling, it is always a good idea to keep your bags and clothing off the floor and beds or soft furniture when possible. Keep these items on hard surfaces like the luggage rack, dresser tops or desktop.
- Another preventative measure is to invest in a plastic suitcase case or to wrap luggage in plastic.
You can check hotel and motel reviews before you stay there. You can also ask the hotel about what they do to prevent and guard against bed bugs. Even if you are sure that you did not encounter bed bugs while traveling, you can protect yourself further by washing all clothing in hot water immediately after your trip and vacuuming luggage before putting it away.