Northern Kentucky Health Department
Don’t Welcome Bedbugs Home
Learn the basics.
Read the bedbugs fact sheet for details.
Tips for preventing bed bug infestation in the
In public places
Traveling and staying in hotels
Be mindful and
observant to the potential for bedbugs to be brought into your home.
Do not bring
items into the home from an unknown source, such as furniture from yard
sales/antique auctions, used bed or couches, or any items set out for
your children’s backpacks, lunch bags, diaper bags, blankets, clothing, school
books and related items if they attend school or child care.
inspect your mattresses, bedding, and rooms in general. Keep clutter to a
regularly and thoroughly. Place the vacuum bag directly in a trash bag,
securely tie and take to a Dumpster or outdoor garbage can.
after guests sleep over.
vacuum your vehicle on a regular basis, especially if you carpool with
co-workers, or your children’s friends or teammates.
If you live in
an apartment complex/condo, be mindful about bedbugs traveling from another
unit. Work closely with landlords to be on the alert for signs of
need to be evaluated and treated by a licensed pest control professional. If
you know or think you have bedbugs, don't delay getting your residence
examined by a professional as soon as possible so that your situation can be
In public places:
to carry in any personal items that you don't need (shopping bags, purses,
jackets) into movie theaters, reception halls, residential facilities or
libraries. Leave personal items securely in your trunk.
Before you go
back home, check for bedbugs. Look at everyone’s clothing, shoes, or any
other belongings that might have come into contact with an infested surface.
Keep a small flashlight with a magnifying glass in the car.
Traveling and staying in hotels:
when you stay in a hotel. Thoroughly check the room for bedbugs before taking
your luggage in. Examine the bed sheets and upper and lower seams of the
mattress and box spring, especially along the head of the bed. If accessible,
examine the headboard and look at the base boards and wall trim in the room.
are discovered or any sign of bedbugs--including translucent eggs, small dark
spots or smeared blood stains on the seams of the mattress--immediately
request another room, preferably in another area of the building.
suitcases off the floor. Use a luggage stand, tabletop or other hard surface.
Hang clothes and keep suitcases zippered closed. Keep all shopping bags,
changes of clothes, and belongings on the table or bureau. Keep everything off
the carpeted floor and away from the bed.
returning home, carefully check all personal belongings. Thoroughly inspect
the seams of suitcases, backpacks and personal bags.
If you suspect
any bedbug exposure, or if bites, itchy welts or other signs that you were
bitten by bedbugs occurred during your stay, pack and securely tie all
belongings in heavy duty disposable trash bags for the trip home.
home, put items directly from the trash bag into the washer and/or dryer. If
you can put the item in water, wash it in the washing machine and place it in
the dryer on hot (120° or higher). Items such as backpacks or duffel bags can
go directly in the dryer.