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HELP AVOID BED BUGS WHEN TRAVELING

Find out how to inspect your room for signs of bed bugs when you travel and get tips to help make sure these biting pests don’t become an unwanted souvenir from your trip.

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Vacation should be a time to make memories with family and friends—without worrying about getting itchy bites in your hotel or bringing bed bugs back home with you. Follow these smart tips to help protect your family from bed bugs while you travel and after you get home.

SIGNS OF BED BUGS IN HOTEL ROOMS1

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Bed bugs are small, sneaky critters that are experts at hiding. So even if you can’t see the bugs crawling around, they might still be there. Be sure to check common bed bug hiding spots in your room for these signs that you have unwanted travel companions:

  • Rusty or reddish stains caused by bed bugs being crushed.

  • Dark spots, which are dried bed bug fecal matter.

  • Bed bug eggs and eggshells. Nymphs shed these tiny, pale yellow skins (about 1mm) as they grow larger.

  • Live bed bugs that can make their way to mattresses by crawling up the legs of bed frames and other items nearby that touch the bed.

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THINK SMALL TO HELP DETECT BED BUGS

Bed bugs are about the width of a credit card, which means they can hide in tiny spots. If a credit card can squeeze into a crack or crevice, that spot could also harbor a bed beg.1

WHERE TO LOOK FOR BED BUGS

Using a bright flashlight, check these common spots for signs of bed bugs:

  • Mattress and box spring seams

  • Bedsheets

  • Bed skirts

  • Cracks in the headboard and bed frame

  • Between the cushions and in the seams of upholstered furniture

  • In the folds of curtains

  • Luggage racks

  • Baseboards

  • Picture frames

  • Electrical outlet plugs

  • Behind loose wallpaper

BED BUG TRAVEL TIPS
BEFORE YOU LEAVE2
  • Opt for hard-cased luggage, if possible, as it is more difficult for bed bugs to hitch a ride on rigid materials than on fabric.

  • Pack all clothing in resealable plastic bags inside your suitcase.

  • Bring along a bright, portable flashlight to help inspect your room for signs of bed bugs.

DURING YOUR TRIP2,3
  • If you see any signs of bed bugs, ask the hotel for another room. Just be sure the new room does not share a wall with the last one.

  • Hang clothes in the closet or keep them in sealed, plastic bags in your suitcase when not in use. Never place clothing in the dresser.

  • Do not place luggage on the floor, bed, or upholstered furniture. Instead, put your luggage on an elevated, hard surface away from the bed, such as a tabletop.

  • Be sure to inspect the luggage rack for signs of bed bugs before placing your suitcase on it.

AFTER YOU RETURN HOME2,4
  • Carefully inspect your luggage for bed bugs right when you get home, looking in all seams and pockets.

  • Be sure to do the inspection in a bathroom or area of the home with hard-surface floors away from bedrooms.

  • If you see signs of bed bugs, thoroughly vacuum your suitcase using the crevice tool and immediately empty and discard of the vacuum’s contents in a sealed plastic bag outside the home.

  • Wash and dry all clothes from your trip on the highest heat setting the fabrics can withstand. Using the high temperature setting on the dryer for 30 minutes will kill all stages of bed bugs, including their eggs.

  • Store luggage away from your bedroom and never store suitcases under your bed.

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