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Good night, sleep tight. We all know the rest of the rhyme. When I was little, my dad used to say that almost every night before I went to bed. What used to be a silly poem to me is now a serious fear when traveling. If you've encountered bed bugs while traveling, like my family has, you become paranoid of the little creatures and will do anything to avoid bringing them home.
According to a survey from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel. Bedbugs are not only encountered at home, though, they have been found in hotels, public transportation, offices, and even clothing stores. So far, our home is in the clear. But with bedbug infestations on the rise, how do you have a relaxing vacation knowing you could bring home these pests that are so hard to get rid of? The NPMA has some informative articles on bed bug identification and prevention.
If you've encountered bed bugs while traveling, like my family has, you become paranoid of the little creatures and will do anything to avoid bringing them home.
Here are some tips to avoid bed bugs while traveling:
Awareness of the issue, a good inspection, taking the time to pack and unpack properly, and being prepared ahead of time is time worth spending in order to put your mind at ease when you travel. Taking a few precautions can prevent these tiny little bloodsuckers from entering your home.
Written by the Foremost Team