School is almost out and you have probably already made your summer travel plans. We are waiting for dates on a summer program, you may be luckier!

Whenever you travel, however, it is a good idea to take some precautions against bringing home unwanted stowaways–bed bugs!

Here is a short video with some travel tips. After you watch, scroll down for some of ours!

Our travel tips for avoiding bed bugs hitching a ride:

Before you go, check the Bed Bug Registry and make sure that there have been no reports of bed bugs where you are planning to stay.

Inspect your hotel room before you bring your luggage in: check mattresses, head and foot boards for any signs of bed bug infestation like stains or skins that have been left behind. It’s a good idea to also examine couches and upholstered chairs.

If you find signs of bed bugs, ask for another room, but make sure it is not adjacent, directly above or below the infested room.

When you get home, launder or dry clean everything you took with you, even if you didn’t wear it. Don’t put anything straight into the drawers or closet.

When your suitcases are empty, vacuum them before putting them into storage.

If you think you have brought home a bed bug infestation, call a professional as soon as possible. The earlier they are discovered, the easier they are to eradicate.

Alliance Environmental Group uses ThermaPureHeat to kill bed bugs at all stages of development, eggs, nymphs and adults, in one treatment without dangerous chemicals or their residue. No need to move out for days, wash all of your curtains or bag all your food. We raise the interior temperature to over 130 degrees and keep it there long enough to kill bed bugs, roaches, termites—any pests that might be anywhere in the house. Heat penetrates wood, gets behind drywall and reaches into every crack and crevice.

If you discover that you have brought a bed bug infestation home with you from your vacation, don’t panic. Call Alliance!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!