Bed bugs are parasitic insects (tiny brown insects) that prefer to feed on human blood which is why they head for your bed. While you’re sleeping, you are like a bed bug buffet! Bed bugs can get into your house without you even knowing – on things like your luggage, your clothes, and your furniture.
Once we stayed in a hotel in China which I think has a lot of Bed Bugs, it is very annoying because I can’t even sleep with the feeling of something is crawling over my body. We have no choice because we already book the hotel plus we are only going to stay for one night while waiting for our flight home.
Just want to share the article I read online, when traveling, think of the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to remember the following action steps to help avoid taking bed bugs home with you.
- Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts.
- Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard, and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day, they are most likely found within a 5-foot radius of the bed.
- Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind head boards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
- Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
- Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.
When at home, follow these handy tips to help keep bed bugs at bay.
- Remove all clutter from your home, which makes finding bed bugs easier.
- Wash and dry your bed linens often using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
- Closely inspect any second-hand furniture for bed bugs before you bring it into your residence.
- Inspect your residence regularly – after a move-in, a trip, a service worker comes in, or guests stay overnight.