Upon Arrival in Your Hotel Room (before unpacking) -
Don’t put your suitcases or backpack directly on your bed; elevate them on a luggage rack or put them in the bathroom while you inspect the room.
Inspect the closet and luggage stands and baseboards nearby the luggage rack before placing items in the closet or on the rack.
Wall mounted headboards are a standard in many hotel rooms. Check for signs of bed bugs behind and around the headboard.
Lift bedding, mattress and box spring and check seams, folds, tags, stapled dust cover, and other hiding areas carefully. In hotels, these areas are disturbed frequently and inspected by housekeeping often, so bed bugs are not found here as frequently as they are found here in a home.
Inspect nightstands, dressers, and other furniture around the bed area including behind wall hangings for signs of bed bugs.
During Your Stay -
Periodically inspect your suitcase and clothing.
Each morning, check for new red marks on your body, and for blood spots on the bedding.
Before Leaving -
Inspect your clothes and other items before packing.
Carefully check crevices in suitcases and backpacks for bed bugs.
After Returning Home -
Check again all baggage, and separately wash and dry on the highest permitted temperature all clothing and bedding items for at least 30 minutes, or dry clean if necessary.
Check your suitcases again.
Don't store your suitcase or backpack under your bed.
Frequent travelers will bring with a change of clothing for their return trip and keep that clothing in a sealed bag. Before leaving the hotel, they will bath and change into the clean clothing. When home, they will store their suitcase in a deep freeze until the next trip.
These are extra steps you may want to consider taking if you travel frequently.
Periodically inspect your student’s backpack and belongings; look carefully for bed bugs along seams, flaps, and zippers.
Don’t store backpacks and musical instrument cases on or under the bed.
Be aware of any new red marks on your student’s body.
Check for blood spots on the bedding when laundering.
Inspect clothes and sleeping bags after any “sleep overs”.
Instruct your students that if they are planning to bring home any laundry, to sort and place it in plastic bags prior to leaving their college room. Ask them to separate the laundry as they normally would, specifically: sort light colored clothes from dark; delicate items from items that can be laundered on regular wash / dry cycles; and finally, to separate items that are to be dry cleaned.
Separating the clothing permits easy loading of the washing machine without sorting in your laundry area. Bed bugs can easily escape into your home while you sort infested laundry.
Plastic bags that contained the suspect laundry can be frozen or placed into a clean garbage bag for proper disposal.
When washing suspect laundry, set the washer and dryer for the hottest setting that the fabric can withstand.
Carefully inspect backpacks and suitcases before they are brought indoors. If bed bugs are found (or you are not sure) place the backpack or suitcase into plastic bags, and store in your garage until the student returns to school.
Don’t place suitcases or backpacks on or under beds.
Buying new clothes
Inspect shopping bags before bring them into you home.
Keep clothing sealed in the plastic wrapping until the items can be laundered, washed by hand, heated, or frozen.
Items that do not come in plastic should be laundered immediately upon returning to your home.
When washing, set the washer and dryer for the hottest setting that the fabric can withstand.
Buying used clothes and buying online
Special care should be given to any used clothing you bring into your home.
Used items should be laundered immediately upon being brought into your home.
If you need to use a dry cleaning service, you should consider mentioning the items are from an unknown source and to minimize the spread of bed bugs the items should be kept in the plastic bags until loaded into the machines.
Inspect secondhand or used furniture thoroughly for bed bug signs before bringing them into your home.
Use proven bed bug mattress and box spring encasements
You are strongly cautioned against “scavenging” beds and furniture that have seemingly been discarded and left by the curb for disposal, or behind places of business.
Bed bug infestations are not limited to beds and mattresses, and they can be found in tables, drawers, and even electronics if these items were located in a bedroom or other places that could support an infestation.
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