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Leave The Bed Bugs Where They Are - Top Tips from the Bed Experts

July 28, 2020


 How To Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home When You Travel

If you’re currently travelling locally for business, hygiene is likely to be top of mind, and rightly so. COVID-19 lockdown measures may have been lifted in South Africa, but that also means the responsibility now lies with every person who moves about to ensure that they do so mindfully. It all starts with taking basic precautions as you travel from one area to the next. 

One of the first things you should always do when you arrive at an accommodation venue is to check for bed bugs. It’s a little gross we know, but in this case, you really rather want to know what you’re in for before you settle in for an overnight stay. Here are a few steps our in-house bed experts like to follow upon check-in: 

Do a Thorough Check of the Mattress & Bedding

Spotting bed bugs in a hotel room is far less expensive and time-consuming than trying to deal with any that might try to hitch a ride back home. 

  1. Place your luggage in the bathroom while you do your bedbug check. 

  2. Inspect the bedding. Pull back the sheets and check the mattress and box spring for bugs. Pay special attention to the head of the bed. Bed bug adults, nymphs, and eggs are all visible to the naked eye. Also look for dark, rust-coloured spots and casings that they leave behind - these are called exoskeletons. 

  3. Lift the mattress and look underneath too. Bring a flashlight so you can use it to check-in and around bedding and box springs. 

If you see any signs of bed bugs anywhere, immediately alert the manager and ask for a different room. Check the new room for bed bugs in the same way you did before. 

Take Some Extra Precautions Regardless of What You Find

Even if you don’t happen to find any traces of bed bugs during your initial inspection, it’s best to play it safe. Here are a few extra precautions you can take to ensure that you don’t ferry any unwanted guests back home: 

  1. Store your suitcase and clothes on a luggage rack or hard surface. 

  2. Pack trash bags in which to keep your belongings during your hotel stay. 

  3. When you get home, immediately do your laundry and toss any clothes you did not wear in a hot dryer for 30 minutes to kill any bed bugs that may have hitched a ride. 

  4. Store your empty luggage in the garage, basement or hot attic so you don't accidentally carry any stragglers inside your home. 

Following these guidelines when you travel locally for business at this time will ensure that you leave any bed bugs you may encounter right where you found them so you don’t spread it to your mattresses, sheets, duvet covers and pillows at home. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to a member of the Bed King team if you would like some insider info on buying a mattress that suits your budget and comfort requirements.


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