- Before leaving home, place multiple large size plastic bags in your laundry area and purchase several “No Pest Strips” (available at home improvement stores). Also have a change of clothes set in your laundry.
- Enjoy your travel and avoid unpacking and placing your clothing in dressers and nightstands, if possible.
- Upon your return home, DO NOT take your luggage and clothing into your bedroom to unpack.
- Take luggage directly to the laundry room. Clothing that can be washed – place in the dryer on the hot cycle for 20-30 minutes, then wash and dry. If you have clothing to dry clean, place that clothing in one of your large plastic bags and seal to deliver to dry cleaners. If there is clothing or items that you do not wash, you may place them in the dryer on the hot cycle for 20-30 minutes. An alternative to heating items in the dryer would be to place the items in a chest freezer for approximately one week and then remove. Change from your travel clothing into clothing that was left in the laundry room.
- Following handling of clothing place luggage in large plastic bags and place a “no pest strip” in each bag and seal bags. Leave luggage in bag for a minimum of one week prior to removal, airing out, and then storing. Always be sure to read and follow label instructions.
Bed bugs do not just appear out of thin air in a home or place of business; they are introduced to living and work spaces. One of the most common ways people pick up and transport bed bugs is when they travel. It is not the stereotypical “fleabag” hotel that most would assume is infested with bed bugs. These nasty blood-feeders can be found in budget motels and in presidential suites of five-star hotels. Follow these important guidelines to help lessen the chance of bringing bed bugs back to your home or office: