When traveling the world, you should leave your responsibilities behind. However, you don’t want to take your problems home with you. Doing so will lead to serious consequences. For instance, you might pick up bedbugs
at the motel. If this happens, they’ll hide in your luggage and go home with you. Then, the infestation is going to worsen and grow larger. Use the advice below to protect yourself from bedbugs while traveling.
Start by surveying your motel room. After a long day on the highway, you’ll likely want to flop down on the bed as soon as you reach the motel. Don’t. If you do, you may end up sleeping in a room with bedbugs
. Then, you’re going to experience an infestation once you return home. You might even take the bugs to other hotels. Survey the room to see if you spot any signs of a bedbug
infestation. You’ll also want to analyze the smell of the room.
If you notice a sweet, musty odor, the room might have bedbugs
. If you sleep in a room with bedbugs
, you’re likely going to get bitten. You may develop red welts on your body as a result.
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After you’ve surveyed the room, you need to inspect the bed more closely. You should lift the mattress and look under it. Remove the sheets and covers. Check these things before placing them elsewhere. Look at the folds and crevices of the mattress. Flip the mattress so you can look at the other side. Besides the mattress, you’ll also want to inspect the bed frame, box spring, sheets, furniture, bed posts, and elsewhere. You can also look at the baseboards and electronics.
Elevating your belongings is highly recommended. Bedbugs
can crawl and climb. If you throw your bags on the floor, bedbugs are going to climb inside the bag quickly. You’ll end up taking the pests home with you and infesting your home. Most hotels provide a luggage rack for each room. Most people don’t use it, but you should. Doing so can help you avoid a potential infestation. Grab the rack and place it away from the walls. Put your luggage on the rack to make it harder for bedbugs to climb into the bag.
At some point, you’ll have to return home. Again, you’ll likely want to flop down on your couch and relax. Don’t. Instead, you need to carefully check your belongings to make sure they’re free of bedbugs. Stop in your garage. Go through your bags and clothes. If you find any bedbugs, you should eliminate them before taking your clothes inside.
Finally, you make sure that you’re using your dryer to your benefit. It is very beneficial because the heater can eliminate bedbugs. Throw all clothes into the dryer. Switch to one of the hottest temperatures. Then, you need to let the clothes dry for 15 minutes or longer. Once you’ve done that, any bugs on the clothes will have died. If you’ve experienced an infestation, call a qualified professional to fix the problem immediately.