Tips for Preventing a Bedbug Infestation
Bedbugs are stealthy. It’s easy to forget that most bedbug infestations start as a result of traveling and staying at hotels, hostels and Airbnbs. While traveling, the last thing you probably worry about is bedbugs. However, remaining mindful of them can help prevent an infestation that will cost you time and money to get rid of. Traveling should be fun and relaxing, and we’re here to help. Here are a few tips for avoiding bedbugs when traveling.
Pack a Flashlight
Packing a flashlight will make inspecting for bedbugs easier and less tedious. Use the flashlight to check for critters that might be hiding in bedding, mattresses, box springs and the bed frame. Thoroughly check seams, edges and folds of mattresses. For peace of mind, check surrounding furniture to make sure that they’re clear of bedbugs too.
Store Luggage Away From Walls
Don’t place luggage on the bed when you first arrive. Store luggage away from furniture. If there is a bedbug infestation, this will prevent the immediate transfer of the insects from the bed into your luggage and reduce the risk of you carrying them home with you when you leave.
Check for Signs of Bedbug Infestation
Bedbugs, although tiny, leave their mark. Look for the following signs to determine if where you’re staying has an infestation:
- Tiny eggs and egg shells, pale-yellow skins and live bedbugs
- Round dark spots that look like ink on the sheets, mattress or furniture caused by bedbug excrement
- Small reddish spots on sheets or mattresses and surrounding furniture caused by bedbugs that have been crushed or squished
Key Areas To Check:
Bedbugs like to hide in small and dark crevices and cracks. By checking in the correct places, you have a better chance of determining if there are bedbugs:
- Chair and couch fabric seams, in between cushions, and curtain panels and folds
- Bedside tables, night stands and drawers - bedbugs like to hide in drawer joints
- Electrical receptacles and appliances
- Corners where walls and ceilings meet
- Loose wallpaper and wall decor
On the Return Home, Keep Travel Clothing Separate
Remain vigilant when you arrive back home. Don’t mix travel clothing and gear with your household items. If possible, immediately wash clothing in hot water to prevent bedbugs from transferring. Once you’ve unpacked, vacuuming can help remove hitchhikers that came home with you and reduce the chance of them hiding in the nooks and crannies of your own home.
Bedbugs can be quite the inconvenience when they get inside your home. By remaining vigilant when traveling, you can minimize the risk of spreading them. Be conscientious of your surroundings, follow these tips on how to avoid a bedbug infestation, and you can save yourself from the headache that comes with exterminating one of the most difficult pests to treat.