Traveling this 4th of July? Read these tips on how to keep Bed Bugs form traveling home with you

 

 

Don’t let bed-bugs travel home with you.

  • Before unpacking,  pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for any signs of bed bugs.
  • Inspect the entire room, including behind the headboard, in sofas/chairs, along the baseboards and behind curtains.
  • If you see any signs of an infestation, notify management and change rooms or establishments immediately.
  • If you do change rooms, be sure that your new room is not adjacent or directly above/below your old room.
  • Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets.
  • Consider placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs don’t travel home with you.
  • After your trip, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing away.
  • Using a garment steamer, steam your luggage to kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have hitched a ride home.
  • 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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