When traveling, pack a small flashlight and thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, sofas and chairs. Pull back the sheets and inspect mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners for signs of bed bugs. Avoid placing luggage on upholstered surfaces or luggage racks with hollow legs where bed bugs may hide unseen. When arriving home from a trip, vacuum luggage thoroughly before storing it. Consider using a garment hand steamer, which can kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have traveled home. Wash and dry all clothes – even those that have not been worn – on hot cycles.
The majority of pest professionals agree that this bloodsucking pest is the number one most difficult pest to control. If an infestation is suspected, the NPMA recommends contacting a licensed pest professional, as bed bugs cannot be effectively treated with do-it-yourself measures.