After inspecting your room and the luggage rack, and confirming to the best of your ability that no bed bugs are present, it is OK to move your luggage into the room. Never set your suitcase on the bed or other cloth-covered furniture. Use the luggage rack or a hard surface such as a desk.
Once you return home, unpack immediately in a location other than your bedroom, such as the bathroom or garage. Then wash and dry all your clothing. Heat effectively kills bed bugs.
Put items that can be laundered into the dryer on medium high heat for at least 20 minutes, then wash and dry them again to ensure all pests were eliminated.
It is also a good idea to take your luggage outside and clean the interior and pockets to be sure there are no signs of bed bugs.
For more information, call the Cleveland County Extension office at 321-4774.
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