Let’s start with the basics :
- Bed bugs are real
- Yes, you can see them
- They don’t discriminate
- Travel is a Top 2 source to ‘share’ bed bugs
A lot of Texans are getting on the road, or traveling by air as we head into this holiday season. Bringing bed bugs back with you from your travels is the last thing you want to do. These little critters are elusive and want to come home with you.
Whether you want to believe it or not, most hotels and motels have bed bugs. The good news is that there are precautions you can take to ensure that you don’t bring a family of bugs home with you. Here are some quick tips on how to prevent bug bugs as you travel.
Inspect Your Room
- Sheets and Comforters – Pull back the comforter and sheets and inspect the mattress seams.
- Behind pictures and other wall fixtures – Check the wall behind the frame and also the perimeters of the frame.
- Drawers and cabinets — Check the cracks, crevices and undersides of these containers.
- Mattresses/Box springs —Lift these up and check to see if the pesky critters have found a new home.
- Other furniture — Inspect chairs, couches, and tables. Remember to check all cracks and crevices.
- Between the wall and carpet — Check the foundation between the wall and your carpet.
- Curtains – Go through the curtains. Make sure this is one of the items you inspect.
Prevent Bed Bugs from Coming Home with You
- Preform the above mentioned inspection
- To ensure protection, place your suitcase in a plastic bag upon entering your room. This will block bed bugs from hiding on the edge of your suitcase.
- Keep your suitcase zipped and bagged when you are not using it.
- Tell hotel management that you must switch rooms immediately if you find a bed bug. Find a room far away from the infested room or another hotel.
After Your Trip
- Inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing.
- Wash all of your clothes (even those that have not been worn) in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
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