When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been.

To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel;

S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely.

L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime.

E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home.

E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed.

P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home.

Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

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