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Don't bring bedbugs home from vacation!

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Summary

As soon as you arrive at your accommodations, put your luggage in the bathroom and check the room for bedbugs

Bedbugs like to hide in tight spaces like cracks and crevices near sleeping areas

Throw your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to kill bedbugs

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – They’re something you really don’t want in your house. And with spring break right around the corner, Health Canada is asking you not to bring bedbugs back from vacation.

It all starts with your accommodations. As soon as you arrive, do not throw your luggage on the bed. Instead, the agency recommends you put it in the tub or in the middle of a tiled floor.

Then start checking the room for bedbugs. Use a flashlight and a credit or bank card to reach into cracks and crevices.

The creatures look a lot like apple seeds. They are reddish-brown and have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies. If you find any, don’t stay there.

You should keep an eye out for both live or dead bedbugs. Other things to keep an eye out for are black or brown spots (dried blood or bug feces) or tiny white spots (eggs).

They often hide in tight places like cracks and crevices near sleeping areas like headboards, mattress seams, or upholstered furniture and night tables. They may also be hiding underneath wallpaper or behind picture frames.

Health Canada also suggests using sealable plastic bags or encasements that are designed to keep bedbugs out of your luggage and other personal items.

Once you get home, you should check all of your luggage and belongings again. Health Canada recommends you wash and dry your clothes on the hottest temperature the laundry tag recommends. If your clothes aren’t dirty, the agency says you should still put them in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to ensure all bedbugs are killed.

You can check Health Canada’s website for more information about getting rid of bedbugs.

Bites from bedbugs won’t make you sick. But they can cause skin irritation and, in rare cases, severe allergic reactions.