Avoid bringing home bed bugs when you travel

You might be thinking to yourself, “how can I possibly have bed bugs if I clean my bedroom and bedding on a regular basis? And how do I avoid bringing home beg bugs when I travel, go see a movie, ride in a taxi or uber car, take a flight, or use public transportation?”

The truth is, bed bugs just don’t appear out of thin air, instead, they’re commonly transported into your home by you and your personal belongings, like backpacks, purses, or suitcases. Bed bugs live in close proximity to their meals, therefore, they can be found not only in beds or bedding, but can also be found in hotel rooms, taxis, movie theaters, or public transportation.

Basically, bed bugs can be found anywhere humans spend extended amounts of time in, so when you travel outside your home, you should always be careful and on the lookout for any evidence of bed bugs. When staying at a hotel, you should always check the hotel reviews on websites like Yelp, Travelocity, Hotels.com, etc. If a particular hotel has a history of bed bug infestations, prior visitors will often leave comments about their bed bug experience. Once you’ve checked into your room, make sure to check the mattress, box spring, headboard, bed frame and sheets for any of the common signs of a bed bug presence. These signs consist of rust colored staining on the mattresses or sheets, shed skins, or actual bed bugs. We also recommend that you never store your clothing in the dressers, but instead store them high off the ground to avoid any bed bug hitchhikers.

Obviously there is no guarantee that you won’t bring home bed bugs, but if you follow our advice, it will decrease your chances of bringing home a bed bug infestation.  If you do end up bringing home some of these nasty blood sucking critters, don’t hesitate to contact San Diego County’s leading bed bug exterminator, Bye Bye Bed Bugs, so one of our technicians can assess your home and set up a custom extermination package.

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