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“Where are you headed this summer?” This is a common question that we all seem to ask one another to find out each others’ summer plans. Most respond to this question by discussing their exotic vacation locations, their travel plans, or their plans for a staycation. Some may even go into detail about their plans, but nobody discusses bed bugs!

 

      Magnified image of a bed bug.

 

Bed bugs are pests that should be on our radar. Most likely staying in a hotel or a vacation rental may be a mode of accommodation as we travel, so we should be aware of how to identify bed bugs while we are traveling.

Here are some quick tips on how to check for bed bugs:

4 Tips to Help Check for Bed Bugs When You Travel

1. Check your hotel room.

a. Look carefully at the bed and then at furniture and areas around the bed, the night stand, lamps, paintings,         loose wallpaper, baseboards, electrical sockets, and if you can, the headboard.

b. If you find bed bugs or their evidence, request to be moved and inspect that room also.

2. Keep your suitcase in the bathtub or in a sealed plastic bag.

3. When you get home, open your suitcase outside the house and put the contents of your luggage into a plastic bag. Check your luggage carefully with a bright light and magnifying glass before bringing it inside. (ATCO recommends that you leave your suitcase in the garage or an exterior storage unit.)

4. Wash everything you can. Clean clothes don’t have to be rewashed! Simply put the clean items into the dryer for 15 minutes on ‘high’ (ATCO Recommends 30 minutes on high heat). Carefully inspect any other belongings that you had with you.

 

         Images to display the life cycle of a bed bug.

 

Please check out our latest newsletter for more information on this topic. We hope everyone has a fun, safe, and bed bug free summer!