Bed bugs travel when people travel. They stow away in the seams, zippers, and folds of your luggage, clothes, and bedding. They hide in your bags while you travel from place to place without you ever realizing it. You reach your destination, and they start infecting it, no matter how clean the place is.
Bed bugs usually arrive at your home by hitching a ride inside luggage and handbags. They can walk up to 100 feet in one night - from bags to furniture to beds, or even between apartments - looking for a host. And they're patient. Bed bugs can live several months to a year without feeding.
There are many simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of a bed bug infestation.
Your risk of picking up bed bugs is highest when you travel. A few simple precautions will help you travel safe and smart: