Bed Bugs Transfer
Protecting Yourself from Bed Bugs in Public Places It is very unlikely, though not impossible, that a bed bug infestation will develop in an office, classroom, or other non-residential environment, such as a department store. However, these sites can serve as transfer hubs for bed bugs to hitchhike a ride into your home.
How Do Bed Bugs Travel? Bags & Personal Belongings. Bed bugs are transported by people, most often in personal belongings such as the following: Luggage & Suitcases; Purses; Gym bags; Items kept close to sleep areas; They can hide in your personal belongings, or even on you, and hitchhike a ride back to your home, condo, townhouse or apartment.
Since bed bugs like to stay close to their host, they're typically found in the room that you sleep in. However, bed bugs are born to travel, and can be found just about anywhere that people frequent. This includes hotels, airports, and yes, your car.
How are bed bugs transmitted? Bed bug infestations occur when bed bugs are picked up in infested rooms (like motel rooms) and carried back to residences (like your residence hall room) in the luggage and clothing of travelers.
A good place to put on your clothes is in the bathroom or even in the bathtub. Bed bugs are easier to see on light surfaces, like a white bathtub. Dress in a place that you know doesn't have bed bugs. Leave as soon as you are dressed. Don't sit down. Be careful not to brush against anything where a bed bug could be hiding.