You may have heard that bed bugs have made a big comeback in recent years.
The tiny, blood-sucking pests love to make their homes in mattresses, bedding and furniture.
They’re also adept at hitching rides in clothing and suitcases – which means you might accidentally bring some home from your next trip.
To help ensure a bed bug-free home, follow these travelers’ tips from urban entomologist Dr. Phil Koehler:
- Inspect the room when you arrive (see the video on our Bug of the Day post on bed bugs). If you see signs of bed bugs, insist on another room.
- Keep your suitcases and garment bags inside sealed plastic garbage bags when you’re not using them.
- Back home, immediately wash all your laundry from the trip in hot water, then machine dry on the highest setting for at least 20 minutes.
Dr. Faith Oi discusses bed bugs (UF/IFAS Extension video):