Bed Bugs & Travel

Traveling is the number one transmission of bed bugs. In fact, bed bug infestations have been popping up in U.S. cities and towns like never before. But bed bugs are only a problem in unsanitary conditions, right? Wrong! Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not caused by sanitation issues and can even be spotted in the most luxurious of 5-­star resorts.

Don’t let bed bugs ruin your vacation. Better yet, don’t let them follow you home. Follow our guide for a bed bug free travel experience.

Before You Go:

  • Do your research. Read reviews on prospective hotels and make note of any mention of bed bugs in the past. Of course the issue could have been resolved long before your trip, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
  • Think beyond just the hotel and do some research about the entire destination. Bed bugs are known for making their way from one space to another, so checking for news of them around town can’t hurt.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the hotel manager questions about bed bugs. If they seem uneasy or refuse to give a straight answer, consider taking your business elsewhere.

How to Pack:

The last thing you want during vacation is to discover you brought bed bugs back home with you. Aerex has a solution. How and what you pack is key in avoiding bed bugs during travel.

  • Consider bringing a large trash bag to keep your suitcase in while traveling.
  • Seal clothes and other belongings in plastic bags.
  • Invest in a luggage rack to keep your bags off the floor.

When You Get There:

Bed bug prevention starts before you even put your bags on the floor. In fact, don’t even bring the bags inside the room until you’ve done a thorough inspection of the floor, bed, couches, chairs and other furniture. Or, bring a luggage rack and keep the bags off the floor.

  • Make sure to pack a flashlight! Once inside the room, use your flashlight to look for feces, casings and live bed bugs. Any type of black or brownish specks could be a sign of bed bugs.
  • Check all furniture and the bed for signs of bed bugs. Specifically keep a look out for black or brownish spots which could be blood spots (from a feeding) or bed bugs themselves.

When You Get Home

While your first instinct after getting home from a trip is to unpack your bags and put your belongings away, you might want to think twice about that decision.

  • Throw all of your clothes into a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Don’t set clothes or bags on the floor until they have been cleaned and inspected.
  • Do not put any clothes or luggage away until it has been cleaned and inspected.

Aerex Has the Solution

The pest control experts at Aerex understand the importance of timeliness when it comes to bed bug control. To learn how we can help with your bed bug extermination and prevention needs, give us a call at (847) 255-8888, or click below to get a free quick quote. We also recommend heading over to our Resource Center to see what preparations you must do before bed bug extermination can be done in your home.


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