How can I reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs home while traveling?

Before we answer this question, it’s important to know that bed bugs can affect establishments with anything from one to five stars; choosing the most expensive hotel won’t lessen your risk.

Although bed bugs are known for being exceptional hitchhikers, there are several things you can do to keep them out of your home. First, always inspect the room you’re staying in. Of course, you’ll want to look for live insects, but you should also look for blood stains, small white ovals (eggs), and smell the room. Bed bugs typically produce a sweet, musty scent and will be easy to smell. Keep your luggage off of the floor and store it on metal racks or in the closet, if the space allows. You may also want to bring plastic bags in which to store worn clothing instead of putting it directly back in your bag. Wash everything thoroughly and with the hottest water the garments allow once you’ve returned home.