Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite While Traveling This Holiday Season

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite While Traveling This Holiday Season
With the busiest travel day of the year coming up next week,
over 42 million people will be flying, driving and riding the rails
for Thanksgiving and to celebrate the start of the holiday season,
according to AAA. But whether going to grandma’s house or a
five-star hotel, travelers should be on the lookout for signs of
bed bugs.

In addition, bed bugs can hitchhike home with college students as
infestations have been reported on campuses across the

We recommend taking a few simple precautions to avoid the most
unwanted holiday present – an encounter with these creepy

Here are some tips for travelers from the NPMA:

Thoroughly inspect the entire
room with a flashlight before unpacking, including behind
the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas
and chairs.

Pull back the sheets and inspect
the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the
corners, for telltale stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.

Place suitcase in a plastic
trash bag during the duration of your trip to ensure that
bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure. *Tip:
Pack clothes in zip lock bag for easy cleaning upon returning

Do not place luggage on
upholstered surfaces. The safest place is in the bathroom in
the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been
thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow
legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.

If you notice bed bugs in your room, notify management and request to change
rooms immediately.

Do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the
suspected infestation.

When you return home, inspect
your suitcases before bringing them into the house.

Vacuum your suitcase
thoroughly before bringing indoors and storing away.

Wash all of your clothes
– even those items you haven¹t worn – in hot water to remove any
bed bugs or eggs that may have traveled home with you. Dry clean
only clothes should be thrown in the dryer and run on high

Source: Bed Bugs
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