Bed bugs have become a commonplace pest throughout the United States and the world. You can come in contact with them anywhere, but be especially careful when you travel. This does NOT mean that you shouldn’t travel! The good news is that most hotels and convention facilities have developed bed bug surveillance programs, and the managers and housekeepers have been trained to inspect the rooms that they clean for evidence of bed bugs. However, even the most diligent surveillance program cannot assure that a room is free of bed bugs, because new infestations typically are difficult to detect. A former guest may have knowingly or unknowingly transported a few bed bugs into the room. Often, it takes time for the bed bugs to be found, because it is their nature to hide.
Here are a few precautions to take as you prepare for travel:
Put some large garbage bags that you can tie, zip, or seal very tightly in your luggage . Put the things that you’ve worn into the bags before you put them back into your luggage.