Traveling? 4 ways to avoid bringing home bedbugs
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Bedbugs are equal-opportunity pests: You're as likely to encounter
them at a high-end hotel as at a budget dive. To avoid forming a
lasting relationship with these unwanted critters, follow these
precautions from Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs
at the National Pest Management Association.
1) Pestproof with plastic. When packing, pop clothes into giant
sealable bags. There are also medium and large clear plastic
suitcase covers for wary travelers who want to keep the bugs at
2) Do a spot check. Upon arrival, deposit your luggage in the
shower, and do a visual sweep for the apple-seed-size bugs (and
specks of blood) on the mattress and upholstered furniture.
3) Safeguard your belongings. Even if your room is clean, keep
your suitcase off the floor, preferably atop a hard luggage rack.
Avoid draping your clothes over the furniture or placing them
inside the dresser drawers.
4) Wash everything on arrival As soon as you get home, launder
all of your clothes--even items you haven't worn--on the hottest
washer and dryer settings. Then vacuum your suitcase to suck up any