Pest Control 101: How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Luggage

Bed bugs can easily hitch a ride in your luggage and enter your home undetected. While there are many professional bed bug pest control companies in Doha that can tackle an infestation, preventing it should be the first course of action. Contrary to what you might think, there are some easy ways to prevent and get rid of an infestation of bed bugs in Doha. ServiceMarket has compiled this guide to help you get rid of the bed bugs in your luggage.

First step

When you are travelling around, the only way you can avoid bringing any bed bugs home is to check for them every time you stay at a public place, like a hotel. No matter how clean or upscale your hotel may be it can be infested with bed bugs simply because this type of infestation is not strictly a sanitary issue. So every time you check into a room, do a quick inspection for live or dead insects, blood stains and eggs. You can also keep your luggage free of these pests by keeping it and your belongings elevated and away from walls. If you don’t inspect the room initially, chances are that by the time you suspect their presence bed bugs would have either sneaked into your clothing or your luggage. But fear not, all is not lost, there are still some steps you can take to reduce the size of the problem.

Second step

Now that you know that you have encountered bedbugs, some immediate precautions are the order of the day. Your first step should be to leave the infested room, inform the hotel management about the problem and request a room change. Moving into the room next door is not an option. Try and get a room that is sufficiently removed from your current room. At the very least, move into a room that has no common walls with the room you presently occupy. Inspect the room before moving in with your luggage.

Now that you are moving to clean surroundings put all of your belongings into sealed plastic bags. This is especially necessary for any used clothing items because bedbugs are more attracted to your used clothes than the clean ones. Try and do this before you move into the new room in order to avoid the spread of the infestation.

After you have moved into the new room, get all your clothes laundered especially the ones you have been wearing through this whole ordeal. Clothing items can be washed or laundered using a dryer on medium or high-heat for at least 30 minutes to kill any bugs or eggs. Get your empty luggage vacuumed to decrease chances of hidden bugs. Next, put all your clean clothing back in clean, sealed plastic bags instead of directly putting it in the possibly tainted suitcase.

Third Step

You have done all you can, but your luggage may still be carrying bed bugs. After returning home, unpack your bags in the garage, laundry room, or foyer.

Unpack everything under bright lights and put your clothes into a plastic bag for laundry. Next, scrub and vacuum the luggage. Since we are blessed with plenty of sunshine in Doha, leave your scrubbed and sprayed suitcase out in the sun as the high temperatures can kill the bugs and their eggs. After a while (30 minutes at the very least) in the sun, vacuum your luggage again. Be sure to call a pest control company in Doha and get your house or at least the area where you unpacked fumigated.

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