Road Tripping Bed Bugs Won't Let Go
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Bed bugs are nasty little parasites that live on human blood.
Typically feeding late at night, then hiding during the day, bed
bugs' nocturnal behavior makes them difficult to see and even
harder to get rid of. Approaching a near pandemic state this
year, bedbug encounters have become much more common in public
places. Still, resources available now can help travelers avoid
bug-ridden places, deal with the pests while traveling and help
keep them from hitching a ride back home with you or your
The Bedbug Registry is an easy way to see if there are bed bug
problems at travel destinations we may visit. A free, public
database of bedbug sightings with about 20,000 bedbug reports, the
Bedbug Registry helps check whether other travelers have
encountered bedbugs at a hotel so we can avoid them when
The new Bedbug Registry app($2.99)lets us search for bedbug reports
by location when planning travel in the U.S. and Canada. Users can
also submit their own report.
Another source, BedBugReports, was created specifically to warn
travelers about hotels that have had bed bug reports.
At the destination
Harder to do but more important is a hotel inspection. When
entering a hotel room for the first time, check all bedding - the
sheets, comforter and the seams of the mattress and box spring.
Lift up the mattress and look underneath, where bedbugs like to
hide and examine the headboard.
"Avoid putting your suitcase on the floor, bed or chairs," said
Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor at Travelocity in an
ABCNews report. "In case there is a problem, you don't want to
transport the bedbugs to your next location or back home. Keep the
suitcase elevated until you've had a chance to inspect the room,
maybe on a dresser or on a shelf in the closet."
When returning home from a trip, immediately wash all clothing from
your travels. Bedbugs can't survive in temperatures above 122
degrees Fahrenheit. Washing clothing, even clothing that was not
worn, will assure that bed bugs don't take up residence in your
drawers and closets.
Bed bugs are at their peak during summer months, making summer road
trip destinations especially vulnerable to infestation. Of the many
souvenirs you want to bring home from your travels, bedbugs are not
one of them.