Bed Bug Safety Tips When Renting a Car

August 9, 2015 by Doug Moore

rental cars

This blog article is written for all my fellow road warriors!  Years ago, when I had a job that required me to visit clients weekly, it seemed I was on a never ending carousel of airplanes, rental cars, and hotels.

In previous blog articles I’ve discussed bed bugs in planes and hotels………..but have you considered the very real possibility of bed bugs in rental cars??  We regularly perform K-9 bed bug inspections of cars and have found bed bugs in more than a couple of vehicles!

But I digress……getting back to rental cars…….Yes, it’s super easy to rent a car these days. Step off the plane, walk to the counter, and there you go. A new car to tour around in. But, what else is in that car? Could bed bugs be an optional feature you didn’t expect? You bet they could be.

So take care in your rental! Here are some tips so you can hit the road in safety.

Bed bug tips when renting a car:

  • My first piece of advice would be to look online for any bed bug complaints. In general when people have complaints about anything – service, cleanliness, etc. they will be eager to complain online. Bed bugs are certainly no exception!
  • Ask what measures the car rental company specifically takes for bed bug prevention.
  • When first getting in the car, look for any signs of bed bugs; primarily along the seams of the fabric in the car, and in the trunk. Lift up the spare tire cover. Look along the edges of the seats- where the fabric meets the plastic- for bed bugs, eggs, and fecal stains from bed bugs.
  • Use bed bug proof laundry bags and luggage liners in the car.
  • Hanging clothing rather than putting it on the seats will also be helpful. If you are in a location with hot weather, park outside in the heat and close all the windows, because while it may be uncomfortable for you until your AC kicks in, bed bugs usually can’t survive it.
  • Ultimately, you can never be sure that the person who was in the rental car before you didn’t leave bed bugs behind, so it is important to check your clothing and skin for bed bugs immediately after exiting the car; at least the first few times.

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

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