Anyone dealt with bed bugs? Need tips

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Honestly I would suggest purchasing new outfits for the next few days you will be there and get space bags to seal your current clothes. I would buy a new suitcase and toss the old one. I would also move hotel rooms again when you do this to avoid any possibility of bringing them home since you may have brought them to your new hotel when you changed the last time. It’s expensive now but it’s less expensive than treating your whole house and buying all new furniture. 

Post # 4
6 posts

Like PP said, better to spend the extra money now and not chance it.  I would definitely change hotel rooms only after throwing away suitcase and clothes.  

Post # 5
908 posts
Busy bee

Im sorry bee! I was at a work conference at a hotel and one of my coworkers had bed bugs in her room. She complained to management and they reimbursed her to replace her cloths and suitcase and gave her hotel points. See what you can get the hotel to do for you. And sorry but I would just throe away everytihng. My suitcase, clothes and get new ones if you dont have time to wash. 

Post # 7
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

This is old now but for future info bedbugs cannot stand heat for any real period of time, so any clothes that can go in the dryer should be put in dry on hot for at least 30 min and any bug, eggs, etc. will die. They don’t need to be washed first so it would work for things like shoes, leather clothes, suitcase and it can be done quickly for something like when you’re traveling. 

I own apartments and had a tenant bring in bedbugs so I had the whole building cooked! One unit had a tenant moving out with another moving in so I didn’t want either of them to have to deal with it in case they’d spread, and yet another tenant in the same building has issues with chemical sensitivity so overall it really was the easiest thing! The tenant who brought the issue in was also a hoarder so chemicals wouldn’t have been able to get at everything anyways (and lord knows she wasn’t going to clean well enough!)…

Post # 8
2512 posts
Sugar bee

FWIW, I think it’s unlikely you transferred bedbugs to your suitcase if it was on the bathroom counter, and they’re unlikely to be in your shoes. But I have been in this situation situation except that I stayed the night at the hotel and woke up with bites. I threw out the duffle and washed all the clothes, and sprayed down the car that the suitcase had been in with Orange Guard, which was the only thing that got rid of bedbugs when I had them in an apartment years ago. If you have access to that spray, you could use it on anything that can’t be put through the washer and that you don’t want to throw away. 

Post # 9
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you wear your present clothes you could spread bed bugs to where ever you are going.  Offices, waiting rooms, cabs, rental cars, the airplane seat.  Please think of others and buy new clothes as you seal up the possibly infected ones. 

Post # 10
160 posts
Blushing bee

Always spray your suitcase down with 100% DEET mosquito repellent before you travel. It will keep bedbugs from hitching a ride. It won’t kill anything, but apparently the chemicals are unpleasant to them so they won’t crawl onto any surface that’s coated in the stuff. (Ignore commercial herbal sprays or essential oils; those do nothing.) This was a trick taught to me by an exterminator who worked for HUD. He would spray his shoes down with it before work and his luggage with it when he traveled so he never picked anything up in airports, hotel rooms, and so on.


It’s going to be ok, bee!

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