How to Not Get Bed Bugs When Traveling Overseas

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Bed bugs don't have to be a part of traveling that you just deal with. Learn how to not get bed bugs when traveling with help from a travel expert and the Founder and CEO of In-Flight Insider in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Carolyn Paddock and I'm the founder and CEO of In-flight Insider, and today we are going to talk about how not to get bedbugs when traveling overseas and yes this is a nasty nasty subject. It's you know, a traveler's worst nightmare. You hear about it, you hear about them in hotels and even the finest hotels and here's my advice, you need to have the right information so that you have an action plan and the first thing that you can do is prevent. There are sprays and substances, this spray is non-toxic and biodegradable and you can spray it on your bag. There are several out there. There are some that are non-toxic. This is what I like and some of them are a little more heavy duty. What you do is you spray your belongings and bedbugs are not attracted to it. The second thing you need to know is what to recognize. When you go into your hotel room the first thing you need to do is go to your bed and check along the headboard, lift up the mattress and see if there's anything that looks like ground pepper. If there's anything that looks like ground pepper between the mattress and the box spring, you need to leave your hotel room immediately and go see the manager and tell them that you think there are bedbugs in that hotel room. The third thing to do is if you think that you have been infected by bed bugs or somebody around you has, you need to put all of your belongings in a plastic bag and seal them up and make sure that you wash them in very hot water and you dry them for at least 20 minutes on high and that will kill bedbugs. They cannot stand extreme heat or extreme cold. That means they cannot live in temperatures over 120 degrees Fahrenheit and 108 degrees below Fahrenheit. My takeaway tip is if you think you've been exposed you can always pick up a travel steamer, look it even says kills bedbugs. I hope this never happens to you but if it does now you at least know what to do. My name is Carolyn Paddock of In-flight Insider.


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