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Bed Bug Travel Warning

Friday, February 24, 2017

If you will be traveling anywhere in the world for spring break, you need to be aware that bed bugs can not only ruin your stay but travel home with you. Most infestations that happen in homes can be prevented by these simple travel tips.


magnified bed bug on hotel bed

  • Bed bugs can be found in even the most expensive 5-star resorts. Whether you are going to a hunter's cabin or an ocean front bungalow, check your accommodations before you leave. is a great resource for travelers. You can find out if your hotel has reported cases of bed bugs, or if bed bugs have been reported in the area.

  • If you want to truly be safe from bed bugs, pack a few black plastic garbage bags. You can use these to protect your discarded dirty clothes, and for protecting your luggage from infiltration.

  • When you get to your destination, keep your bags in the car, if possible. If you must bring them up, store them in the bathroom while you check your room. Bed bugs prefer the cozy areas of a room or suite. You won't generally find them crawling across ceramic tile.

  • Also when first arriving, ask someone at the front desk if they have a bed bug plan in place. If they give you a fast response, it shows that they are actively protecting their business from these bugs. If they are confused or slow to answer it doesn't mean they have bugs, but it is a sign that they aren't taking appropriate precautions.

  • Peel down the covers on all the beds and look for tiny brown, seed-like bugs. They can be quite small, so look carefully.

  • Inspect the sheets and pillowcases for blood stains. Bed bugs drip from the mouth after a blood meal. These stains aren't proof that bed bugs are in your room, but they will alert you to their presence on the property.

  • Pull up sheet covers and examine the seams and corners on all the beds for black, sticky residue. Bed bugs leave their feces inside mattresses. If you find this residue, contact a manager immediately.

  • Use a flashlight to check the backboard and all upholstered furniture in the room. Bed bugs will be in rooms where humans sleep because they feed on blood--and unlike flying insects, they must do it while their potential meal carrier is laying in a prone position because they can only crawl.

  • If you wake up with mosquito type bites that appear in a row or a clump, have them checked out. Bed bugs feed multiple times a night, and these formations are a good indication that you have been bitten by bed bugs.

  • When you're ready to go home, check the seams of your bag if you didn't seal them in a plastic bag. All it takes is one female bed bug to begin an infestation. Actually, it only takes a few eggs laid in a garment, bag, or piece of luggage.

Be careful when you travel, and use these tips to protect yourself from bed bugs. These bugs can be costly and humiliating to get rid of. Public awareness is key to driving back the spread of these bugs.

Spring Break Bed Bug Checklist:

travel checklist to help prevent bringing bed bugs home

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