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  • Writer's pictureGarey Clark

How To Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home While Traveling

Traveling is one of the best ways to experience the world, but it can also be a source of stress and worry about bed bugs.


One of the biggest concerns for many travelers is the fear of bringing home bed bugs.

Unfortunately, bed bugs are common in hotels, resorts, and other places of lodging, so it’s important to take extra precautions when traveling to avoid taking bed bugs home.


Understand, it's very difficult for Hotels and Resorts. They have no control of what is brought into the rooms. If someone occupies the room that has bed bugs at their home and drops a few off, they will feed on the next few guests until someone notices something is wrong.


I always recommend hotels and resorts install mattress and box spring encasements on their beds. This disallows entry and makes it much easier to discover bed bugs. Hopefully, the housekeepers see it and shut the room down until it's remedied.


The first step is to inspect your room before unpacking. I always recommend taking a small flashlight. Check all the corners, seams, and folds in the mattress, box springs, headboard, and other furniture for any signs of bed bugs. If it has an ironing board, check that.

If you see anything suspicious, take a few pics, contact the front desk immediately and ask to be moved to another room. Make sure it's bed bugs. 😎


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Adult Bed Bug found in Macon Hotel room

Once you’ve inspected the room and are somewhat sure it’s bug-free, it’s time to unpack. To avoid bringing bedbugs home, keep your clothes in your suitcase and keep it closed. If you need to, hang your clothes in the closet, but don’t forget to put everything back in the suitcase when you’re finished. You also can take large trash bags and put your luggage in there. And place it in the bathroom. Be sure to put dirty clothes in a separate bag and seal.


Keep your luggage off the floor and away from the bed. Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and can easily climb onto your bags.


If possible, store your luggage in a plastic bag or container while you’re in the hotel room.


Third, inspect your clothing and luggage for bed bugs when you return home. It's best to do that in the garage. Not a bad idea to open and leave them in garage for a few days. If you are suspicious put your clothes in a dryer for 30-45 minutes. The heat will kill any bugs or eggs.

If you find any, immediately dry your clothes on the highest heat setting. Vacuum your luggage and any other items that may have been exposed.



They can help identify the problem and provide advice on how to get rid of the bed bugs.


We get calls very often to use the Sensor Dog to make sure nothing was brought back to the house. It's worth it to have "Peace Of Mind"


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SensorDog inspecting hotel room in Macon, Ga.

If you’re still concerned about potential bed bugs in your room in Atlanta or Macon area, You can look into using a Sensor Bed Bug dog. These specially trained dogs can sniff out even small amounts of bed bugs, ensuring that you don’t take any unwanted guests home with you.


Bed bugs can be a source of stress and worry for travelers, but by following these simple steps, you can avoid taking them home. Make sure to inspect your room, keep your clothes in your suitcase, and if necessary, use a Sensor Bed Bug dog to ensure your room is bug-free.


With these precautions, you can travel with peace of mind and focus on enjoying your trip.


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