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.


Bed Bug – UF/IFAS “Featured Creatures”