Don’t let the bedbugs bite—but better yet, don’t let them into your home. While bedbugs aren’t known to spread diseases, they’re definitely not desirable sleeping partners. A few precautions can help keep them from hitching a ride home with you.
Inspect Mattress and Box Spring
When overnighting in a hotel or motel, give the bed—bedding, mattress, box spring, headboard—a close inspection before you set your suitcase on it. Look for the actual bugs or little brown spots indicating their presence (a small flashlight can be helpful). The same goes for other furniture in the room. Enclosing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag offers further protection. (Of course, if you find bedbug evidence you should request a different room, well removed.)
Check Bags for Bed Bugs
Check your bags regularly when travelling to make sure they remain bug-free. When you return home, vacuum suitcases before putting them away.
Seal Items and Wash with Heat
If you suspect bedbugs on any of your belongings, seal those items in plastic bags until they can be washed in hot water, heated at least one hour at 120°F and heat dried. Back home, unpack outside the house and transfer clothing directly to the laundry and vacuum the empty suitcase.
Always be sure to inspect any used furniture or bedding that you bring into your home.