I had seen bed bugs on TV before and while I am not a person who is scared of bugs these little guys really creeped me out big time. I do not know what exactly it was about them. Possible the fact that they wanted to feed on me when I was asleep that made me feel so uneasy. With that being said I have been lucky enough that seeing them on TV shows was the only experience I ever had with them. Until I went on holiday. Nope my hotel was not filled with them….. well it actually probably was, but I never realized. It was when I got home and some obviously decided to come back with me. I freaked out big time and now I want to try and help you guys out so you do not have to go through this. Here are a few tips to prevent bed bugs hitching a ride back home with you.
Bing Your Hotel
Check your hotel in BING along with the word bed bugs and check if they have a history of people who have had bad experiences there. I am sure you will search your hotel anyway, but make sure you check for bed bugs as well.
Zips And Zippers
It is said that bed bug hitch-hike the majority of the time come back in peoples luggage not their cloths. And that they like nothing better than to hide in the zips and zippers of your luggage. Make sure you check before you pack and after. You probably want to check before you even get in your house as well.
Buy Bed Bug Spray
You can actually buy a spray that is designed to stop bed bugs from wanting to go into your luggage.
Keep Your Clothing Covered
If you want to go that extra mile then do not put your cloths in any of the closets or drawers in the hotel room. Keep them in ziplock bags inside your luggage and only take them out when you need them. This may seem a little excessive, but if you really are worried this is a great way to keep your mind at ease.
Wash All Items Right Away
When you get home do not just throw your holiday clothing in the hamper and leave them there for a few days. Put them straight in the wash and turn on the heat. Likewise make sure you thoroughly clean your suitcase or any other luggage that you may have.
Call In The Pros
If you had already brought back a bed bug army as a souvenir from your trip then call in a bug exterminator. At the very least they will be able to put your mind at ease.
Watch out… It has been proven that an army of these creepy crawlies can attack a person 500 times in one night!