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by Annie Carlin on Mar 2, 2015

Are you planning on a nice spring vacation?  Don't let these pests infiltrate.  According to a survey from the National Pest Management Association, one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.  Bed bugs are most likely to linger in hotels, offices, clothing stores and even public transportation.   With bedbug infestations on the rise here are some tips to avoid bedbugs while traveling:

Know what to look for.  If you’ve never seen them, check out bedbugger.com for some detailed and nasty pictures of what bed bugs look like.   This way you can know what to look out for.

Pack like a pro.  Seal items and clothing in plastic bags before traveling.  Remember to bring extra bags for dirty laundry.  Also bring a large bag to seal up your suitcase when you get to your destination.  The bag will ensure bed bugs can’t take residence in your luggage while you are away.

Research before you go. Before you get too comfy where you are staying, check the bed and pull back the linens to inspect the mattress, box springs and in the cracks of the headboard.  If you spot any bed bugs or signs of bed bugs, like dots of blood or brown dots, change rooms far from the room you found them in, or change establishments.

Be meticulous when you unpack.  Unpack your belongings and sort them before you go in your home.  Take all your clothing and/or bedding and immediately wash and dry them.  The heat from the dryer, for 20 minutes or more, will get rid of any bed bugs that may have hitched a ride on your clothes.  Thoroughly check and wipe down your luggage carrier, toiletries, shoes and other belongings before bringing them into your house.

Awareness is key in preventing the spread of bed bugs.  Inspect your belongings and take the time to pack and unpack properly.  When you are property prepared ahead of time it will allow you to put your mind at ease when you travel.  Taking a few precautions can prevent these tiny little bloodsuckers from taking over your home.


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