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Reader Question of the Week: Bedbugs on a plane!

Posted: November 20th, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Q: Hey guys, I am traveling to NYC and Boston next week for the thanksgiving holiday and I’m scared that I might get bedbugs from the plane or the bus I’m taking.  Is there anything I can do to prevent this?  Also I am seriously considering buying a huge plastic bag to put all of my clothes in inside of my suitcase just in case…. is this a good idea?

A:  The greatest risk from traveling generally comes from hotels, as you will find most bedbugs where the humans like to sleep.  There have been few reports of people being bitten while on a plane. While you may not get noshed on as you sit, it is certainly possible to pick up stowaways en route where baggage is collected together.

Sealing your clothes in plastic would keep them safe, but if they nestle in your suitcase or purse, you still have a problem.  You could certainly seal your luggage in plastic while traveling.  The most important thing is not to bring them home.  When you return home, do not mix clothing with your regular laundry. Bag it up until it can be washed, or at least throw it in the dryer on medium-high heat for at least 15-20 minutes if it has already been laundered on your trip. If you can’t use the dryer on your suitcase or purse, thoroughly vacuum your bags, paying special attention to creases. You could store your suitcase in a plastic bag as a precaution.

Here are some other handy tips for traveling.  Happy Thanksgiving!