Bed Bug Travelling Tips
All travelers to cities inside and outside of Saskatchewan can potentially be exposed to bed bugs. Carrying bed bugs back home with you after travelling could lead to a bed bug infestation even if your home is very clean. Make sure you take the proper steps to avoid bed bug hitchhikers when you travel.
The following steps will help prevent you from bringing bed bugs home from your trip:
- Try to avoid booking a hotel without first inquiring if it has a bed bug problem.
- Pack clothes into oversized sealable plastic bags and leave them inside luggage during the trip, or hanging in the closet. Never leave items on the bed, on the floor or in dresser drawers.
- After you check in, leave luggage outside the hotel room or in the bathroom and perform a mini-inspection around the bed. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress, focusing on the upper and lower seams. Make sure to check the mattress tag, as bed bugs often hide there. Check for blood stains and bed bug droppings as well, since they’re often the easiest to spot. Next, check the bedside table and look for signs of bed bugs in the drawers. Check along the wall on the side of the bed that is less likely to be disturbed by cleaning staff and guests.
- If signs of bed bugs are detected, request another room. Be sure to inform hotel management. Simply moving to a different room may not be the total answer. You should repeat the inspection of any new room you are offered.
- During your stay, do not place dirty clothing on the floor.
- Ensure luggage remains zipped closed at all times.
- When you pack to leave, carefully inspect your luggage first, and inspect every item as you pack to help detect any bugs or signs of infestation.
- After your trip, unpack luggage outdoors, re-inspect clothing and then put everything into the dryer on the highest heat setting possible for at least 30 minutes. Delicates can be placed in the freezer for a month. Ensure you vacuum luggage, backpacks and camera bags thoroughly and then discard the vacuum bag outside.
Regardless of how careful an individual is, bed bugs may still enter a dwelling undetected. Contact a pest control company immediately if you see any signs of bed bugs.
Content adapted from materials created by the Government of Ontario, with permission.