Getting rid of bed bugs is a terribly difficult task. They are almost as resilient as a cockroach (as if you didn’t have enough gross bugs to think about). I am going to recommend that you hire a professional pest control agent that knows how to get rid of these household pests if you have an infestation already, but there are also some things that you can, and SHOULD do, to make sure they don’t follow you home.
Bed bugs travel. Don’t let them follow you home.
Prevent a bug bed infestation in your home by avoiding bringing them home with you. Bed bugs are hitch hikers. They travel with you on luggage, laundry, clothing, and even your hair. Bringing home just one pregnant bed bug will virtually assure a breakout. This means that people who travel, either for business or pleasure, are at high risk of encountering a bed bug and dragging it home.
So let’s talk about traveling. When you first arrive at your hotel, set your suitcases outside of the room, or on a table, rack or shelf designed to hold your luggage. Do not set your bag on the floor, the bed, or a couch or chair until you are certain the room looks clear.
Check behind the headboard, flip back the sheets, lift up the mattress cover and look in the seams of the mattress. You are checking, not just for the bugs themselves, but for other telltale signs such as bug excrement (poop), rust colored stains or blood stains found as little specks. If the sheets on a hotel room bed do not look pristine white, you probably should ask for a different room anyway. If you find signs of bed bugs, request a different room.
Once you determine a room appears clean, open your suitcase and remove the BugZipTM suitcase protective cover, or some other cover made for this purpose, that you purchased ahead of time, and put your suitcase inside it and zip it closed. You should avoid unpacking your clothes into the hotel drawers, but if you must, then be prepared with BugZipTM drawer liners as well so your clothing is protected. When it is time to change your clothes. unzip, get what you want, and zip up again. Don’t put your dirty clothes on the floor either. When you leave the hotel room it is advised that you leave the luggage protectors behind.
Put all your laundry in disolvable laundry bags, so when you get home you can open your case directly into the washer. Whether you wore it while away or not, wash with hot water and put in the dryer. If it is dry clean only, then leave in the sealed bags and take directly to the dry cleaners as soon as you can.
If you live in a colder part of the year this might give you a reason to celebrate winter. Bed bugs die when frozen, so if it is winter, leave all your travel gear outside for a couple of days. If it is summer and warm, bed bugs also die in the heat, so leave your car windows up, and in the sun, with all your travel luggage for a couple of days.
Don’t forget your shoes. These pests don’t seem to like rubbing alcohol, so put some in a spray bottle, and spray the seams of your shoes, and anything else that won’t be harmed by the alcohol.
Taking these simple steps can ensure that all you bring back from your trip are a suntan and some great memories.