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Bed bugs – 8 tips to avoid bringing back these creepy crawlies from holiday


Separate clean clothes from dirty

Bed bugs are more attracted to dirty clothes than to clean clothes, Vicki pointed out.

While you’re not likely to head to the laundrette on a week-long vacation, there is a way to separate the dirty clothes from the clean clothes in your case.

Vicki said: “When packing for a trip, make sure to take a spare plastic bag for your dirty clothing, and knot it each time you add to it.”

If you do wash clothes on holiday and you share laundry facilities with others, take extra caution.

Vicki explained: “When you transport your items to be washed, keep them in a plastic bag and once they are washed, remove them from the dryer and place them straight back in the bag. Fold them at home where it’s safer to do so.”

Cool it down

If you’re still concerned that your room isn’t totally clean, stick on the air con.

According to the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), the ideal temperature for an adult bed bug to thrive is between 21-32°C, so it’s best to keep your room cool at night-time.

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