How to Prevent Bed Bugs During Your Summer Travels

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Traveling is supposed to be about relaxation, not dealing with bed bugs hitching a ride home with you!

These little critters love to sneak into your luggage and can turn a great vacation sour. They lurk in busy places like hotels or buses, just waiting to jump into your stuff.

Want to keep your travels bug-free? Stay tuned to learn simple steps to shield your belongings and keep those pesky pests at bay!

Key Takeaways

  • Before traveling, research your accommodations for past bed bug issues and pack using protective measures like sealable bags and bed bug-proof liners.
  • Upon arrival at your destination, meticulously check hotel room areas such as mattress seams, furniture crevices, and floors for signs of bed bugs.
  • During your trip, consistently place luggage on racks away from beds and walls and inspect all personal items regularly for hitchhiking bed bugs.
  • After returning home, immediately launder all clothes and thoroughly vacuum your luggage to prevent bed bug infestations.
  • If you suspect bed bugs have followed you home, avoid spreading them around your house and contact a pest control professional for effective extermination.


When traveling, it’s essential to know that bed bugs are notorious for their hitchhiking abilities. They can easily attach themselves to personal belongings and follow you home.

How Bed Bugs Hitch a Ride During Travel

Bed bugs are amazingly adept hitchhikers, finding their way into the nooks and crannies of luggage, clothing, and other items travelers carry.

These critters are particularly drawn to places where people rest, which makes locations like hotel rooms prime spots for them to find new hosts.

They can be hidden in headboards, box springs, mattress seams, and upholstered furniture, always close to where people sleep.

Common ScenariosDescription
Hotel RoomsThey lodge in small crevices near beds and in furniture.
Public TransportationCan settle into seats and crevices, catching a ride on bags or coats.
LaunderettesMight inhabit baskets or tables, clinging onto clothes and fabrics.
LuggageCan infest suitcases stored near infested areas, sneaking into seams and pockets.

As travelers, you should inspect your accommodations for signs of bed bugs. Look for the following signs:

  • Tiny, reddish-brown critters
  • Small blood stains
  • Dark spots on bedding and furniture


Traveling requires careful planning, especially when it comes to avoiding bed bugs.

Researching Your Accommodations

Before you book your stay, it’s crucial to do some detective work to ensure your accommodations are clear of any pest problems.

Here’s how you can start vetting places for a worry-free visit:

  • Check Reviews: Look for recent traveler reviews of your intended accommodations. Pay close attention to any mentions of bed bugs.
  • Inspection Databases: Use hotel inspection databases specific to your destination, such as Paris, New York, or Canada, to check for records of bed bug infestations.
  • Accommodation Policies: Inquire about the accommodation’s pest control policies and how they handle bed bug outbreaks.

Packing Tips to Deter Bed Bugs

Before you start packing for your next trip, here are some effective strategies to keep bed bugs at bay and ensure your belongings stay safe and bug-free:

StrategyRecommended Action
Sealable Plastic BagsPack clothes and toiletries in sealable plastic bags to protect them.
Bed Bug-Proof LinersConsider using bed bug-proof luggage liners for added security.
Plastic Garbage BagsPlastic trash bags isolate dirty laundry or potentially infested items.
Luggage Rack UseAlways utilize a luggage rack in accommodations, keep luggage off the floor and bed, and inspect the rack before use.



While traveling, it’s crucial to be vigilant about bed bug prevention. These strategies can safeguard your belongings and ensure a more enjoyable trip.

Inspecting Your Hotel Room upon Arrival

Check these key spots as soon as you enter your hotel room to catch any signs of bed bugs early:

  • Mattress Seams: Peel back the linens and look closely at the mattress edges, especially the seams where bed bugs like to hide.
  • Furniture Crevices: Inspect all furniture, including nightstands and chairs. Focus on tight spaces and under cushions.
  • Tile Floors: Examine the floor, particularly where it meets the walls. Bed bugs can be lurking in the cracks.
  • Change Rooms: Before unpacking, use the bathroom or another tiled area to store your luggage while you inspect.

Daily Precautions While Traveling

To keep bed bugs at bay each day of your travels, consider these actions:

PrecautionsRecommended Action
Luggage PlacementStore your luggage on a rack, away from the bed and walls.
Personal Item CheckRegularly inspect your clothing and items for unwanted hitchhikers.
Cruise Ship VigilanceIf on a cruise, perform the same inspections you would in a hotel room.


Coming home memories from a trip is great, but bringing bed bugs home is not.

Handling post-travel tasks with care is as crucial as pre-departure to avoid a bed bug infestation.

Managing Your Belongings After Returning Home

Here’s how to effectively clean and store your items to prevent any bed bug infestations:

  1. Immediately launder all items: Whether clean or dirty clothes, you should place them in the washer or washing machine with hot water.
  2. Vacuum your luggage: After drying it on high heat for at least 30 minutes, thoroughly clean suitcases with a strong vacuum.
  3. Inspect and clean other travel items: Such as toiletry bags and purses, using a steamer if possible.
  4. Store luggage away from bedrooms: Keep suitcases in the garage or a sealed plastic bag to isolate any potential hitchhiking bed bugs.
  5. Regularly inspect sleeping areas: After returning from travel, check mattresses, bed frames, and sofas for signs of bed bugs.

Recognizing and Addressing Bed Bug Bites

One of the early signs of a bed bug problem is bed bug bites. Here’s a list of signs and symptoms you should observe:

AppearanceSmall, red, group welts usually on the arms and shoulders
ActivityNighttime, especially before dawn
EvidenceTiny blood spots or dark fecal spots on linens

If you’ve concluded that bed bugs are present:

  • Avoid moving infested items: To prevent spreading the infestation through the home.
  • Contact a pest control company: Professional exterminators are equipped to deal with a bed bug problem efficiently.
  • Implement pest management: Continue to work with pest control to eradicate bed bugs.


At LaJaunie’s Pest Control, we ask that you prepare the targeted areas in your home to ensure the most effective treatment.

Here’s a checklist of tasks to complete before our arrival:

  • Clothing and Bedding: Remove all clothing, bedding, sheets, and pillowcases from the treatment area. Clean and wash these items, then securely bag them and place them on the patio.
  • Furniture: If furniture is infected, thoroughly vacuum these areas to prepare for treatment.
  • Decor and Miscellaneous Items: Remove all pictures and items from walls within the treatment area. Clear items from tables, nightstands, and dressers.
  • Prep Form: You will receive a detailed preparation form. This form lists additional tasks to ensure your treatment is as effective as possible.

After your preparation, our thorough approach to bed bug eradication follows. Here’s a detailed overview at each stage:

Initial ConsultationCertified inspectors confirm bed bug presence via client consultation and photos.
Identification and PrepClients are informed about bed bugs and receive a preparation sheet detailing pre-treatment steps.
Primary TreatmentTechnicians treat the room from the furthest point to the exit using liquid products and pesticides (e.g., BnG- Transport, Tekko, PBO) and aerosols (e.g., Nuvan, PT Alpine), targeting beds, furniture, and crevices.
Specific Area TreatmentBased on infestation severity, exterminators treat additional areas like side tables, picture frames, and electrical outlets.
Follow-Up TreatmentTwo weeks after the initial treatment, dust (Aprehend, D-Fence) will be applied using a dusting machine.


Heading out on a trip and worried about bed bugs? Now, if you spot a bed bug, no need to panic! A call to pest control can confirm if it’s a lone ranger or an infestation.

Whether you’re in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, seeking expert help should be easy. For immediate intervention for a severe infestation, let Lajaunie’s bed bug control specialists tailor a solution that’s right for your home.

For more information about the areas we service, visit our location page.