Try These Bed Bug Travel Tips
bug travel tips are designed to help you avoid picking up a bedbug from
a hotel room, cruise ship or even public transportation. Be
sure to check for bed bugs when entering any hotel room by following
the steps outlined below. If you see signs of bedbugs in any hotel
room, call the manager immediately and demand a room inspection. Bed
bugs are found in every
country, so guard your luggage and yourself so that you do not bring
home any unwelcome house guests."
Many travelers worry that they are going to either sleep in a
hotel or cruise
ship room that is infested with bed bugs.
Bed bugs have even been reported in public transportation,
with reported incidents in Australia and Europe. Hotels
probably are the most likely place you will find bed bugs, just based
on the number of hotels around the world. Reports on cruise
ships are infrequent, but possible.
Here are our bed bug travel tips to help
avoid sleeping in a room that has been infested and how to avoid
accidentally bringing them home. Traveling without bedbugs
doesn't have to be hard.
Signs of Bed Bug Infestation
When inspecting for bedbugs
or other areas when traveling,
you can look for the following signs of bed bugs:
- Fecal remains (brown spots) or blood spots on sheets or the
mattress itself. Look along the seams in particular.
Look at the bed frame, night stands and other areas near the
bed. Note that carpet beetles are often mistaken for bed bugs
(see image below).
- Bed bug shells which look like brownish black
- An oder that is a raspberry sweet smell.
Bed Bug Travel Tips
Here are our travel tips for how
to avoid bed bugs
. To reduce your chances of bringing home
bugs when you
travel, consider these bed bug travel tips.:
- One of our latest bed bug travel tips is to use a disposable bed bug seat covers
on the plane, bus or train that is carrying you to your destination.
Bed bugs have been found on all forms of public transportation. A low
cost cover ($6.99 for 12) will protect you from bringing home these
parasitic hitch hikers.
- When traveling, only bring clothes that can be washed when
you get home.
Select clothes which can be laundered in hot water and withstand 20 to
minutes in the dryer.
- Consider using luggage that doesn't have outside seams,
such as hard sided luggage. Bed bugs will try and hide in
crevices on the luggage and like to lay eggs on rough surfaces.
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- If you purchase items, place them in sealable plastic bags.
Big Bags with you when traveling. They are bed bug
proof and can be used to protect your entire suitcase or used as a
liner to protect clothes inside a suitcase.
- Don't place your luggage inside the hotel room until you
inspect the room for bed bugs.
- When entering the room place luggage on racks and away from
the floor and if possible at least 10 feet away from the bed.
Most bedbugs will be near the bed.
- Keep clothes in the luggage, not hotel room drawers.
- Zip or close luggage after it is opened so that nothing can
- If hanging clothes, consider hanging it on the shower rack
or in the bathroom, the place where bed bugs are last likely to hide.
- Spray your luggage before leaving home with a natural bed
bug repellent spray such as JT
Eaton Luggage Spray. It is a permethrin based spray
that will provide protection for 4 to 6 weeks. Once dry it is
child and pet safe. This particular product will also protect
against ticks, roaches and fleas that may want to hitch a ride to your
- Use a
PackTite Heat Chamber When You Return Home: The best
approach for being absolutely certain that you brought no bed bugs home
with you is a PackTite.
Of all the bed bug travel tips, this approach is 100%
effective and is one of the most popular ways to avoid bringing home bed
bugs in hotels. A PackTite is a foldable vinyl mini heat
You place your entire suitcase in the PackTite, set to the
required temperature and all bed bugs and bed bug eggs will be killed.
It is chemical free and 100% effective.
There is no Bed Bug Skin Repellent
According to the University of Kentucky, there are
effective bed bug skin repellents. Products used as skin repellents for
other insects such
as mosquitoes (Off) do not work against bed bugs.
If you are worried about bedbugs when sleeping, we
suggest minimizing exposed skin areas during sleep. This includes
wearing tight fitting clothing such as socks, long pants and long
sleeve shirts to minimize
the exposed skin areas.
Also the JTEaton
Luggage and Mattress
Spray can be used as a convenient mattress spray.
Apply an to the mattress seams, tufts and bed frame as
recommended by the manufacturer. Allow to dry before placing
sheets or a sleeping bag on the bed. Perfect for helping to prevent bed
bugs when traveling in places such as hotels and youth hostels.
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