The Unwelcome Souvenir from Hotels and Airbnbs

The Unwelcome Souvenir from Hotels and Airbnbs

Are you planning your next vacation or business trip? Excited about exploring new places, trying out local cuisines, and making unforgettable memories? While traveling can be an enriching experience, there's one unwelcome souvenir you definitely want to avoid bringing back home with you: bed bugs.

Bed bugs are tiny, blood-sucking insects that feed on human blood, typically during the night when their hosts are asleep. They are notoriously resilient and can survive for months without feeding. Unfortunately, hotels and Airbnbs are prime locations for bed bugs to thrive and spread.

Understanding the Life Cycle of Bed Bugs

Before delving into prevention and mitigation strategies, it's crucial to understand the life cycle of bed bugs. These pests go through several stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime, and these eggs hatch into nymphs within one to two weeks. Nymphs then molt several times before reaching adulthood, where they can start reproducing.

How Bed Bugs Travel

Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers. They can easily latch onto luggage, clothing, or other belongings, allowing them to travel long distances without detection. When you stay in an infested hotel room or Airbnb, bed bugs may hitch a ride back home with you, leading to a potential infestation in your own living space.

Detecting Bed Bugs

Spotting bed bugs can be challenging, as they are nocturnal and prefer to hide in cracks and crevices during the day. It may take days or even weeks before you notice any signs of an infestation. Common indicators include itchy welts on your skin, tiny blood stains on sheets or mattresses, and dark spots (bed bug feces) on bedding or furniture.

The Possibility of Infestation

Bringing bed bugs home from a hotel or Airbnb is a real possibility, especially if you stay in accommodations with a history of infestations or poor maintenance. Once bed bugs enter your home, they can quickly multiply and spread to other areas, making eradication a challenging and costly process.

Preventative Measure

To minimize the risk of encountering bed bugs during your travels and bringing them home, consider taking the following preventative measures:

1. Inspect Your Accommodation: Before unpacking, thoroughly inspect the mattress, sheets, bed frame, and nearby furniture such as side tables and chairs for signs of bed bugs. Using a flashlight can make looking for bed bugs in tiny cracks and crevice's as well as underneath furniture much easier. Look for live bugs, shed skins, and tiny blood stains.

2. Keep Luggage Off the GroundBy keeping your luggage elevated on a luggage rack or on a hard surface away from walls and furniture, you reduce the risk of bed bugs crawling into your belongings. This small precaution can make a big difference in protecting yourself from the inconvenience and expense of dealing with a bed bug infestation.

3. Steam and Vacuum: Upon returning from your trip, steam clean your luggage and vacuum any clothing or belongings that may have come into contact with potential bed bug hotspots. High temperatures can effectively kill bed bugs and their eggs.

4. Launder and Dry: Wash your clothes, bedding, and other washable items in hot water and dry them on high heat to eliminate any bed bugs or eggs that may be hiding in fabric fibers.

5. Use Protective Covers: Invest in a Amcan mattress and box spring encasements, pillow covers, and laundry bags designed to prevent bed bugs from infesting your belongings. Products like Amcan Bugstops eco-friendly interceptors can also be placed under bed legs to trap any crawling insects.



By taking proactive steps to prevent bed bug infestations, you can enjoy your travels with peace of mind, knowing that you're not bringing home any unwanted souvenirs. Remember, vigilance is key when it comes to protecting yourself from these persistent pests .Here at AmCan, our goal is to provide products designed to detect, defeat and defend against bed bugs.

Our products for bed bug control include:

We have created our products to serve individuals as well as a variety of industries including universities, retirement homes, hotels, and more. Amcan’s products are guaranteed to save you time and money, and we produce chemical-free and commercial-grade products for ultimate protection. Additionally, our team of experts work hard to get your products shipped to you safely and quickly within 24 hours.


Make Amcan your go-to provider for products to prevent bed bug infestation. Request a quote today if you need help finding the right product or have any questions.

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