Bedbugs easily hide in clothing, luggage as well as other personal items, which is why you need to take extra care not to carry them home. In this article, we tell you what to do to ensure that bedbugs do not hitchhike to your home and how to do proper bed bug extermination.
Prevent infestation at the hotel room
- Before you bring in luggage, or other items in the room, make sure that you first do a thorough inspection on the hotel room.
- Avoid putting your baggage on the bed. Instead, put it on a tiled floor, such as the bathroom, and away from any upholstered surfaces.
- After checking the luggage stand, have your luggage kept on the stand rather than unpacking your items and emptying the contents in a drawer.
- You also need to inspect the sleeping area. Lift up each of the mattress corners and check the tufts and creases of box spring and mattress. Also look behind the headboard as well as the pillows, bed skirt and bed coverings.
- If your inspection uncovers bedbugs, inform the front desk and tell them to give you another room. You can also go to another hotel. In case you move between rooms in the same hotel, do not go to the room adjacent to the infested one as it is likely to contain bedbugs too.
- If you find signs of bedbugs, notify the front desk and ask for another room, or stay somewhere else. If you change rooms in the same hotel, make sure your new room is not next to the possibly infested room.
Stop bedbugs from transiting into the home. If you have accidentally carried bedbugs to your home, the only way to stop their spreading is by ensuring that they do not enter into your home. Take the following measures.
Although you may think of discarding all your clothing and luggage after discovering that they are infested with bedbugs, this is quite unnecessary. You just need to put all items you suspect of carrying bedbugs in separate plastic bags until they are laundered, hand-washed, frozen or heated.
Before you leave the infested site, make sure that anything that can be laundered is sorted and then put in plastic bags. Sorting the clothing enables you to easily load them into the washing machine. Also, if you sort them at the place of the infestation rather than your house, you avoid them sneaking into your home.
Set your dryer and washer at the highest temperature settings that your fabric can stand. In case you take the items for professional dry cleaning, make sure that you tell that that you suspect the items could be carrying bugs. This way, they will maintain the items in the plastic bags just prior loading them onto the machines.
Items that cannot be put into washing machines like suitcases need to be inspected carefully and if bugs are found, be placed in the plastic bags as well. You may hand-wash suitcases. When hand-washing any item, ensure that you use soap water with the hottest possible water. Recommended temperature is in the range of 100 to 120 degrees. Also use scrub brush on the folds and the seams.
If the items in question cannot be heated or frozen, you may need to give them a core exposure of 2 hours at 45 degrees Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit. For freezing, maintain a minimum of 5AC or 23AF for 5 days at the least. For example, you could flash freeze the items which gives them a very short exposure time with a target temperature of -26AC or -15AF.
Remember that majority of household freezers often have varying temperatures of 30AF and 20AF. A freeze time of two weeks is recommended if you are unsure of the temperature of the freezer.
It is important to remember that if you use freezing or heating conditions, the adverse temperature conditions must get to the core of the articles that are being treated.
Traveling is one of the most common ways of bringing bedbugs home. Make sure that you take the necessary precautions to stop them from spreading their tentacles in your home.