It’s summer time and most of you are dreaming of that summer vacation. You are looking forward to some relaxation and making memories with your family. While you are planning your getaway bed bugs are lurking waiting for your arrival. Bed bugs are skilled hitchhikers that can travel with you from planes, hotels, public transportation and other public areas. They can latch on to you, your clothing and your luggage. Take steps this summer to keep bed bugs out of your family vacation.
When you arrive at the hotel:
Place your bags in the bathroom or on any non-upholstered furniture away from the bed.
Pull back the sheets on the bed and inspect the mattress in the corners for black stains or spots or even the bug themselves. The bugs are flat and resemble a seed.
Check inside couch and chair cushions, behind the bed’s headboard and around electrical sockets.
If you see any signs of bed bugs, contact the hotel lobby and request to be moved to a room on another floor not above or below the room. If there is an infestation, it’s likely they have spread to rooms nearby.
If you do not see signs of bed bugs still, consider placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag during your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
When you get home:
Before you enter the home, inspect your suitcase for bed bugs.
Before storing your suitcase away vacuum the inside. A steamer can be used to kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have hitched a ride home.
Wash and dry all of your clothes in hot temperatures. Even if an article of clothing wasn’t worn it’s still important to wash it.
If the clothes need to be dry cleaned keep them in a plastic bag and take them to the dry cleaner as soon as possible.