ROAD RULES — TIPS AND TRICKS FROM THE BEST OF THE BEST: BED BUGS
Yes, these do in fact exist outside the ol' expression "don't let the bed bugs bite," and they prefer to feed on you while you're sleeping.
Sick. Nasty. And gross.
One particular member of a band, who will remain anonymous to spare humiliation, has had a case of the bed bugs on the road. Five times -- twice on the face. Can you imagine? The amount of travel and fan interaction that musicians endure increases the likelihood of the same thing happening to them -- and possibly you too.
So what do you do? I found some nifty advice from Orkin on how to check for bedbugs while traveling, and at home:
When traveling, think of the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to remember the following action steps to help avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.
- Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts.
- Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day they are most likely found within a 1.5 meter radius of the bed.
- Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind headboards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
- Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
- Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.
In the House
When at home, follow these handy tips to help keep bed bugs at bay.
- Remove all clutter from your home, which makes finding bed bugs easier.
- Wash and dry your bed linens often using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
- Closely inspect any second-hand furniture for bed bugs before you bring it into your residence.
- Inspect your residence regularly—after a move-in, a trip, when a service worker comes in or guests stay overnight.