Are you thinking, “I have bed  bugs, and I’m moving – what do I do?” If you have ever been the victim of a bed bug infestation, you know how annoying and persistent they can be. The tiny orange or tan pests feed on blood and can live in almost any of your belongings. Not surprising, one of the most common place bed bugs take shelter is in your mattresses and box springs. Here, they have easy access to food while humans sleep (creepy!). However, bed bugs can take shelter in almost anything, from clothes to books to pets. That’s why when people discover they have a bed bugs issue, they usually either get rid of most of their belongings, or move to a new place.

If you’re moving away from a place that is infested with bed bugs, it’s extremely important to make sure that they do not make the trip with you. Unlike many pests, bed bugs do not travel very far on their own. That’s why important to make sure you aren’t accidentally bringing bed bugs with you on your move. Here are some precautions you can take to prevent introducing bed bugs to your new home.

– Thoroughly wash all clothes and linens before packing them. Store them in sealable bags or bins for the move.
– Inspect all of your belongings before packing them away. Quickly flip through books to make sure bugs aren’t hiding in between pages. Inspect any luggage that you’ll use to help move.
– While using old boxes can save money, they also increase the chance that bed bugs join the move. Likewise, don’t buy used furniture for your new home.
– Consider using an encasement for any mattresses and box springs that you are moving.
– As for yourself, make sure everyone in your family showers and wears clean clothes during the move. If you have a pet, bathe them and consider a haircut before moving.

Making sure your belongings are free of bed bugs and properly packed before you move is the best way to prevent a bed bug infestation in your new home. It is much easier to prevent against bed bugs than it is to get rid of them.

Moving & Bed Bud Precautions

While bed bugs can be incredibly difficult to eliminate from your home, there are a couple precautions you can take when moving. If you notice bed bugs on your sheets or living on another belonging of yours, seal the item in a bag with a vapor strip inside. It is recommended that you leave the bag sealed for at least two weeks to properly work. Another way to kill bed bugs is with heat. Try leaving any infested items in a black plastic bag outside in the sunlight. If you’re worried that bed bugs making the move with you, both of these techniques can be used while moving to decrease the chances of bed bugs surviving the trip.

Don’t have bed bugs and want to prevent them when moving? Choose a reputable company. A fly by night company may cost you more than you bargained for in the end. Beltway Movers takes added precautions to combat infestations of bugs. Our warehouses for storage are inspected for insects monthly. We tell all of our customers who are worried to come on by – and that they don’t have to bother to tell us when. That way they can inspect our warehouses to confirm there isn’t a bed bug in sight!

Additionally, we require the use of mattress bags on our moves. Our crews are trained to spot flea and or bed bag infestations and react accordingly. Bugs are bad for business. We do not want them anymore that you do.

Call Beltway Movers for your next move!

The best thing you can do to protect yourself is hire a good, reputable mover with clean trucks and warehouses. To be sure, you may want to drive by your mover’s facility to inspect the equipment and storage areas prior to booking – a good mover won’t mind this one bit. We tell all of our customers who are worried to come on by – and that they don’t have to bother to tell us when.

Questions? If so, call Beltway Movers, we’re a moving company in Northern Virginia, today at (800) 966-8348. We look forward to working with you!

24 Responses to “Leave Bed Bugs Behind When You Move”

  1. Movers Toronto

    It is better to hire packers and movers to save from the unnecessary cost of bed bugs but while hiring them always ensure that they are not charging you any hidden cost as to try to safe from the fraud movers.

  2. Sutton Turner

    I never knew that If you notice bed bugs on your sheets or living on another belonging of yours, seal the item in a bag with a vapor strip inside to get rid of bugs. I have been thinking bed bugs have infested my pillow. Thank you for the tips on leaving bed bugs behind when you move.

  3. Love Moves ltd

    Nice Post!!

    Thank you for sharing such valuable information and knowledge. This can be great and helpful insights for us. I would love to see more updates from you in the future.

  4. California Bed Bug Lawyer

    Excellent article. We have many clients that simply abandon essentially everything they own except their clothes and irreplaceable items such as family photos. One thing the article does not cover is #bedbugeggs. How do you detect unhatched Bedbug eggs? Naturally, if you bring the eggs, you will be bringing a new bedbug infestation.

  5. Michael Lee

    I have a friend that recently had bed bugs. It would be a great idea to hire a bed bug removal services to help make sure that the bed bugs are gone also. That way you are sure they won’t join you on your move.

  6. Pestman Pest control

    Bed Bugs can live up to five months without a meal and they don’t live only on beds. They can live in any place they can hide. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide that you breath and that is why you find majority of them on and around your bed.

  7. Caden Dahl

    As you said here, it would be a good idea to leave any infested items in a bag. I am going to be moving here soon and I wouldn’t want to take them along with me. Do you think it would be a good idea to have a pest control service come or just me do it all myself.

  8. Jay Jorgenson

    I would like to know how to avoid taking bed bugs with you when traveling. I like how you mention to wash all clothes and linens and store them in sealable bags. Thank you for the advice. I’ll recommend my mom to contact pest control to check if we have bed bugs when we get back from traveling.


      We’re glad the advice was helpful. Thank you for reading our blog post!

  9. Ron Booker

    I like that you said that when moving is preferred to cover your mattresses. My sister told me that she got bed bugs, and she doesn’t know how it happened but she wants to get rid of them. I’m going to help her look for pest control.

  10. Steven

    This is some really good information about moving office. It is great to know that it would be smart to get a great looking plan. I liked that you explained that it would be smart to start planning some time between 3 and 6 months.

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