Don’t Let Bed Bugs Crash Your Summer Plans! How to Avoid Them

NPMA shares tips for travelers during Bed Bug Awareness Week

FAIRFAX, Va. -- As summer travel ramps up, so too does the risk of encountering unwanted guests like bed bugs along the way. This Bed Bug Awareness Week (June 2-8, 2024), experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) are reminding travelers to be vigilant in protecting themselves against these pesky hitchhikers.

This annual observance, recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events, highlights the importance of early detection in preventing a small bed bug problem from quickly becoming a significant infestation.

A recent NPMA survey conducted by The Harris Poll reveals that only 24% of Americans are familiar with the signs of a bed bug infestation. “With travel season in full swing and bed bugs eager to tag along, we’re committed to equipping travelers with essential information and prevention tips to keep these pests at bay,” said Dr. Jim Fredericks, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for NPMA.

If you have travel plans, here are tips to properly inspect for and stop the spread of these elusive pests:

  • Upon entering the room, put your suitcase and belongings in the bathroom on a tiled surface rather than on carpet or the bed.
  • Inspect the entire room, including behind the headboard, under lamps and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
  • Pull back sheets on the bed and check mattress seams, especially at the corners, for stains or spots.
  • Use a small flashlight for better visibility.
  • If you see anything suspicious, change rooms or establishments immediately. Do not stay in an adjacent room.
  • After returning home, vacuum and inspect suitcases outside before bringing them indoors.
  • Contact a qualified pest control professional if an infestation is suspected in your home.

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Survey Methodology

This survey was commissioned by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and conducted online by The Harris Poll in April 2024, among 2,061 U.S. adults ages 18+. For more information, please contact


About the National Pest Management Association

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