Bed bugs do not have wings and are therefore unable to fly; however, that doesn’t stop them from traveling near and far with their excellent hitchhiking abilities – often hiding away in suitcases, boxes and shoes. Bed bugs are known as good travelers because of their ability to survive in temporary habitats, such as backpacks and personal luggage, as well as underneath the seats in cars, buses and trains.
Although bed bugs are typically found in bed parts like mattresses and box springs, they can also hide themselves behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, picture frames, electrical switch covers, and in the crevices of furniture – so they are not always easy to spot.
Most travelers might expect bed bugs to only be a problem at hotels. However, the National Pest Management Association’s 2018 Bugs Without Borders research found these pests are even more prevalent in homes and apartment buildings. Spring travelers opting to book lodging through home-sharing services should still be on the lookout for bed bugs. No matter where you stay, follow these bed bug prevention tips to ensure worry-free vacation travels:
If you suspect your room is infested, notify management and request to change rooms immediately. Be sure to avoid rooms next to and above/below the suspected infestation, as bed bugs can easily move and spread via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets.
After your trip, if you unpack and suspect you may have brought bed bugs home, contact a licensed pest control professional as soon as possible. Once bed bugs enter a household, they’ll quickly make themselves at home and are extremely difficult to get rid of.