What can I do if I just got back from a place where there might have been bed bugs?

December 22, 2014 by Doug Moore


Launder your clothes before or as soon as these items are brought back into the home. If you found bed bugs after moving into a hotel room, you could ask the hotel to pay for laundering—and for steam-cleaning your luggage. The hotel may refuse, but it’s worth asking. Regardless, once home you should unpack on a floor that will allow you to see bed bugs—stay off carpets! Unpack directly into plastic bags for taking clothes to the laundry. Suitcases should be carefully inspected and vacuumed—freeze if possible.

Wash your clothing in detergent and hot water, then place in the dryer at a high heat seating for at least 30 minutes.  This will destroy all life stages of bed bugs.

Will bed bugs actually travel on me?

It’s unlikely that a bed bug would travel on you or the clothes you are wearing. You move too much to be a good hiding place. Bed bugs are more likely to be spread via luggage, backpacks, briefcases, mattresses, and used furniture.

If you travel frequently for business or pleasure, consider purchasing a PackTite Portable Heating Unit to use for all the items you cannot safely place in a washing machine and dryer.

For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.

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