- Rusty or reddish stains
- Dark spots, which are dried bed bug fecal matter
- Bed bug eggs and eggshells. Nymphs shed tiny, pale yellow skins (about 1mm) as they grow larger.
- Live bed bugs (Similar to an apple seed)
2. Know where to look for bed bugs. Bed bugs are very small and thin which makes it easy for them to hide in the tiniest of spots. If a credit card can squeeze into a crack or crevice, so can a bed bug. Use a bright flashlight, check these common spots for signs of bed bugs:
- Mattress and box spring seams
- Bed skirts
- Cracks in the headboard and bed frame
- Between the cushions and in the seams of upholstered furniture
- In the folds of curtains
- Luggage racks
- Picture frames
- Electrical outlet plugs
- Behind loose wallpaper
BED BUG TRAVEL TIPS
Luggage & Packing
- Choose hard-cased luggage, if possible, as it is more difficult for bed bugs to hitch a ride on rigid materials than on fabric.
- Pack all clothing in resealable plastic bags inside your suitcase.
- Bring along a bright, portable flashlight to help inspect your room for signs of bed bugs.
Hotel Do’s and Don’ts
- If you see any signs of bed bugs, ask the hotel for another room. Make sure the new room does not share a wall with the last one.
- Hang clothes in the closet or keep them in sealed, plastic bags in your suitcase when not in use. Never place clothing in the dresser.
- Do not place luggage on the floor, bed, or upholstered furniture. Instead, put your luggage on an elevated, hard surface away from the bed, such as a tabletop.
- Be sure to inspect the luggage rack for signs of bed bugs before placing your suitcase on it.
Return Home Inspection
- Carefully inspect your luggage for bed bugs right when you get home, looking in all seams and pockets.
- Be sure to do the inspection in a bathroom or area of the home with hard-surface floors away from bedrooms.
- If you see signs of bed bugs, thoroughly vacuum your suitcase using the crevice tool and immediately empty and discard of the vacuum’s contents in a sealed plastic bag outside the home.
- Wash and dry all clothes from your trip on the highest heat setting the fabrics can withstand. Using the high temperature setting on the dryer for 30 -45 minutes will kill all stages of bed bugs, including their eggs.
- Store luggage away from your bedroom and never store suitcases under your bed.
Call FL Bed Bug Experts now at 813-922-8475.