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Worried about traveling for summer vacation without picking up bed bugs? Don’t worry- it’s not as tough as you might think! With a few tips on what bed bugs look like, how to be prepared before traveling and how to inspect for bed bugs, you can be ready to travel and be sure not to bring these pests home with you after your next trip.

Knowing what bed bugs look like and where they tend to hide is half the battle. These insects are dark brown and typically 1/8 of an inch long. They are oval, shaped a bit like an apple seed and they often hide inside mattresses, behind headboards and other areas near the bed. They leave signs of their presence behind too- little reddish brown fecal spots are left behind by bed bugs, so recognizing these spots on bedding or mattresses signifies that bed bugs are nearby (or have been at some point).

If you are planning a trip, keep in mind that bed bugs can often be picked up in hotel rooms. Pack your belongings in hard-sided suitcases, as these are more difficult for bed bugs to infiltrate. You may also find it helpful to pack your belongings inside re-sealable plastic bags; these also make it difficult for bed bugs to get into your personal belongings. Take a flashlight and a magnifying glass with you as well; use these to help you inspect for bed bugs when you arrive at your destination. And don't forget that bed bugs do not just live in the bed. Inspect the headboard, night stands, and other areas throughout the hotel room. Here are some other helpful tips from the Nashville pest control pros at All-American to keep you from picking up bed bugs during your travels:

  • Instead of unpacking your belongings in your hotel room, only take items out of your suitcase when they are needed.

  • Store your suitcase up on a luggage rack rather than on the floor or on the bed.

  • If you suspect bed bugs, make sure you don’t stay in the infested room! Request a room far from the infested room or leave the facility completely.

  • When you bring your belongings home, inspect them carefully for signs of bed bugs.

  • Wash and dry all clothing you took with you at the hottest temperature available to the fabrics.

  • If you recognize signs of bed bugs after your trip, contact the Nashville exterminators at All-American for an inspection and treatment to kill bed bugs with heat.

Bed bugs can cause you serious frustration when they get into your home. If you are spending time in a place that is infested with bed bugs, it is very easy for these pests to hitchhike a ride along with you into your home. If you have spent time traveling recently and just want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is free from bed bugs, contact the bed bug exterminators at All-American Pest Control. We can offer quick and accurate bed bug inspections to help locate a possible bed bug problem and then bed bug heat treatments should these pests be identified. Contact us today for more information on our bed bug control services or click here to learn more!