Bed Bug Safety Tips When Camping

June 6, 2016 by Doug Moore

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Summer is almost here and it’s time to plan your camping trip!

Nothing like the great outdoors! Wide open blue skies, views, vistas and … bed bugs. Yep. You may want to avoid these blood suckers while out there camping.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep them home on the range, and you safe at home.

Tips to Avoid Bed Bugs When Camping:

  • Know what a bed bug and bed bug bite looks like, and be familiar with the signs of a bed bug infestation.
  • Pack 1% hydrocortisone cream to provide relief in case you are bitten.
  • Water proof your tent, and kept it sealed whenever possible.
  • Use bed bug proof laundry bags and luggage liners and keep them sealed whenever possible.
  • Leave your shoes in bed bug proof laundry bags when not in use.
  • Before entering your sleeping bag, check your clothes and body for hitchhiking bed bugs.
  • Kill visible eggs with rubbing alcohol.

When You Arrive Back Home:

  • Wash your clothes in hot water and detergent – adding a little bleach wouldn’t hurt.
  • Dry them on a “hot” setting for at least 20 minutes.

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

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