How To Prevent Bed Bugs When You Travel

Do you worry about bed bugs when you travel? Are you traveling this summer? Bed bugs are insidious. Not only will they leave you covered in bites, but they will make their way home with you, infesting your house. Whether you travel for work or for pleasure, you need to use these 5 steps to prevent getting bed bugs while you are away.

 

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I often get asked if I’m scared of terrorism when I travel. The answer is absolutely not. Not even slightly scared. The chances of being in that place at that time are actually very slim. You are far more likely to come undone on the freeway on your way to work. But do you want to know what does scare me when I travel? Actually it terrifies me. Bed Bugs. They not only give me the creeps, but the thought of bringing them into my home after a trip is just horrifying. A bed bug infestation in  your house is difficult and expensive fix, and just the thought of it is grotesque.

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During the years that New York hotels were suffering bed bug infestations  I turned down makeup jobs in the Big Apple – I didn’t like the odds of getting a bed bug hotel. During that time one of my flight attendant friends had an overnight layover in New York and woke during the night thinking she was on fire, but instead her back was covered in bed bug bites!

I heard another story recently about a mother and daughter on their international flight home seeing bedbugs crawling out of the seat in front of them. The flight was full, so they couldn’t be moved, and hence came home covered with bites and with bedbugs.

One of my best friends took her family to Hawaii for a vacation a couple of years ago and got bedbugs. Getting the little devils out of their clothes, luggage and home was a long, difficult and expensive procedure.

Allowing for the fact that I can’t travel and sleep in a hazmat suit I have to be a little more proactive re bedbugs.

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5 Steps To Prevent Bedbugs

1.Pull back the bedding

Pull the sheets back off the bed and inspect the mattress. Look for little red or black spots on the mattress (also on the bedding).

2. Look along the mattress seams

Apparently these critters like the seams and joins of mattresses, so look there for bug carcasses. They may look like black dots or ground pepper.

***** if you see any, get your luggage out of the room and go to the front desk. You need to have your room changed or go stay somewhere else.******

3. No bags on the bed.

Use the luggage rack. Don’t put your suitcase on the floor or on the bed.

4. Use A Trap

If you are worried that there may be bedbugs bring a bedbug trap like this one from Ortho. In less than an hour you will know if they are there. Find the Ortho Bed Bug Trap  on Amazon.com here

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5. Use A Spray

Use a spray. I have Eco Raider Bed Bug Killer from Amazon.com. I haven’t actually ever had to use it, but it does give me a little peace of mind. It is non toxic, non pesticide and 100% child and pet friendly. I have it in 2 fluid ounce bottles, one goes on the plane with me (after hearing the story about bedbugs on the plane I have to have something on hand!) and one goes in my suitcase.Bed Bug Killer by EcoRaider is available here at Amazon.com


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How To Spot Bedbugs In Your Hotel Room

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I am traumatized by the thought of bedbugs when I travel.
I’ve had friends get them before, and their stories are like horror movies! The nightmare doesn’t stop with a body covered in bites – bedbugs get into your luggage and come home with you. They apparently are really difficult to get rid of too.

I can’t stop traveling so instead I have to be proactive (paranoid) about bedding in hotels. I just read this article on Smarter Travel about spotting bedbugs in your hotel room. Make sure you re-read it before you head out of town on your next set of travels.

One Surefire Way To Spot Bedbugs In Your Hotel Room

Written by Caroline Morse

Bedbugs are the ultimate travel nightmare, and you might not know you’ve brought them home with you until it’s too late. Spare yourself the mental and financial anguish of bedbugs by always doing this one thing as soon as you step into your hotel room.


It doesn’t matter if you’re staying in a low-budget hostel or the fanciest hotel in the world. Bedbugs are everywhere. As soon as you arrive in your room, drop your belongings in a safe place like the bathroom—where it’s hard for bedbugs to hide on tile surfaces. Avoid the luggage rack, where the bugs can stay after coming in on another traveler’s bag.


Next, inspect the bed. Start by pulling off all of the bedding until you get to the bare mattress. Use the flashlight app on your smartphone to get a better view as you check around the seams of all four corners. Be sure to check the box spring as well.


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Now here’s the surefire way to spot them: You’re not only looking for the bugs themselves, but for signs that they’ve been there. Small, dark blood from their excrement is a dead giveaway (and super gross, too). Check all the furniture in the room, as well as behind any framed art on the walls, because bugs can lurk there, too.

If you find evidence of bugs, gather your belongings from the bathroom and ask the hotel staff for a new room—one that does not share a wall with the infested room. (Bedbugs can travel between rooms fairly easily.)

Make sure you do not bring the bedbugs home with you by immediately washing all of your clothing in hot water. You’ll need to vacuum out your suitcase as well. And to be extra safe, you should store your suitcase inside a large plastic bag to prevent any hearty bugs from invading your home.

Find more articles like this at SmarterTravel.com

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