Our Blog

How to Avoid a Bed Bug Infestation During This Summer Travel Season

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Bill Cowley

Take These Precautions to Avoid a Bed Bug Infestation This Summer Travel Season 

While bed bugs are not a seasonal pest, the busy summer travel season naturally lends itself to an increase in opportunities to come into contact with bed bugs. Beach rentals, hotel stays and even sleeping at a friend’s house can put you into contact with bed bugs. 

Awareness about bed bugs and taking a few precautions can significantly lower your risk of bringing home the skilled hitchhikers. One of the most important things you can do to avoid bed bugs is to do an inspection of the hotel room or bedroom before you move your things inside. 

The National Pest Management Association put together the following infographic that summarizes where bed bugs hide inside of a room. 

What steps to take to avoid bed bugs before starting your stay at a hotel:

  • Pack a good flashlight to help examine areas
  • Leave all things in your car before you examine the room
  • Inspect the room you will be staying in prior to moving in by using the following infographic


What precautions to take to avoid bed bugs upon returning home from a trip:

  1. During your trip place dirty laundry into a trash bag.  
  2. Before packing to go home place all clothing that came with you into the trash bag and seal tightly. 
  3. Upon returning home, take the laundry bag straight to the laundry room and wash and dry everything on the hottest temperature that the fabric will allow. This will kill any bed bugs or bed bug eggs that may have infested your clothing. 
  4. Store the luggage in the garage, attic or basement far away from any sleeping or living space. Remember, bed bugs can live up to nine months without a blood meal so do not return luggage to your bedroom between trips.