Bed Bug Travel Tips
As an experienced pest control specialist in New Jersey, Cowleys Pest Services has helped countless homeowners deal with a bed bug problem after traveling. It's important to take steps to help avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.
Step 1: Inspect
There are a few items to pack that can help make it easier to identify bed bugs and prevent an infestation:
- Magnifying glass
- Dissolvable garbage bags
Inspect the room before you bring in your luggage
Bed bugs leave signs such as bloodstains, droppings, and eggs. Start by checking mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and bedding. Look underneath the bed and along the bed frame and headboard. Remove drawers from furniture and check the inside, top and bottom, joints, and even screws. Make sure to look in all possible hiding spots, including windows, baseboards, floorboards, door frames, and cracks and crevices in furniture. Bed bugs typically roam within a 10-20 feet area around where you sleep.
If you find signs of bed bugs, tell hotel personnel immediately.
Step 2: Storage
If you are only traveling for only a few days, one good option is to keep all your clothes in your luggage and store your luggage off the floor and away from your sleeping area.
Step 3: Examine & Wash
Check your luggage and clothing while repacking and again when you get home. Put your worn/dirty clothes in the dissolvable garbage bag that you brought with you and as soon as you return home, put the entire bag in the washing machine. Wash all your clothes in hot water and hot dryer.
Need bed bug removal? Contact Cowleys of New Jersey today!
If you suspect that you may have brought home bed bugs, call a pest control professional immediately. If you live in New Jersey and you suspect that you have a bed bug problem, Cowleys Pest Services offers effective bed bug treatment services in Somerset, Edison, Lakewood and surrounding areas. Call us or contact us online to schedule an inspection and cost estimate.