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Use S.L.E.E.P. acronym to avoid bringing bed bugs after traveling

November 27, 2012

bed bugs on luggage

(Source: shoppingblog.com)

One of the most annoying failure about travel is to bring home the bedbugs that may have creeped into your baggage. It saves a lot of money if you’re a cautious traveler by not spending more than $2,000 on getting your home bedbug free. Here are some tips to avoid bringing these home from your travels.

Orkin, the exterminator leader, recommends using the S.L.E.E.P. acronym to look for bed bugs and take care of your luggage. Check a Bed Bug Registry to avoid hotels with reported bed bug problems, but it’s always wise to look out for signs of the creepy bugs.

Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts.
Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard, and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day, they are most likely found within a 5-foot radius of the bed.
Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind head boards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.

See Orkin’s site for a whole lot of information on bed bugs.



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