We don’t like to say this, but nowhere is secure from bed bugs anymore. It’s not just hotels and homes that have been raided by this little nuisance. Libraries, gyms, airplanes, tourist attractions, taxis, all these places and much more have been victims of bed bug infestations and bedbug extermination. You cannot avoid every location that could have an issue with bed bug, however, you could be watchful about looking out for bed bugs before they can get the opportunity to bite you.
Whenever you travel, ensure that you inspect all the furniture—the bed in particular—before you settle in and unpack. It does not matter if you’re staying with friends, with family or in a hotel, there is always a risk of bed bugs. Check the undersides of chair and couch cushions as well as the corners of the mattress for the signs of bed bugs previously mentioned before getting too comfortable. At home, ensure that you change your bed linens frequently and wash the old sheets in heated water. Look for signs of bed bugs before putting new sheets on.
If you’re traveling, you could pack your belongings in plastic bags as well, so as to ensure that the pests stay away from you. Place your whole suitcase in a plastic garbage bag then tie up the ends if the suitcase is not in use. Wash all of your clothing in very hot water on getting back home—including the items you did not wear. The washing machine’s hot cycle will eliminate bed bug eggs or any bed bugs that were able to seek shelter in your bags and accompany you home. Thoroughly vacuum your suitcase outside to eliminate any eggs or bed bugs hiding in it before bringing your suitcase into the house.