Can bed bugs travel in a car?


Generally, you’ll find bed bugs hiding in or near your bed. 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.

While bed bugs can be found in your car, it’s not particularly likely. Bed bugs would usually use a car just to move from host to host, and probably won’t stick around for long. The odds of you finding bed bugs nesting or mating in your car are very slim.

The best chance you have of encountering bed bugs while driving is to bring them on your person or in their luggage - they may then choose to move to another hiding place in the vehicle, though they are most likely going to stay put until after the trip.

If you suspect that there are bed bugs in luggage or other belongings that you are going to bring on the road, you should try and treat the items first. A portable heater like a PackTite would be your best option; a bed bug heater can safely heat its contents to over 120 degrees, which will kill bed bugs in minutes.

You could also spray the outside of an empty suitcase with JT Eaton’s Bed Bug Control, a contact spray for luggage and mattresses. Allow the luggage to thoroughly dry before putting its contents back in.

If you believe that there may already be bed bugs in your vehicle, you’ll want to confirm an infestation first. Start by cleaning out the interior of your car by removing clutter and debris between your seats, around the floors, and in the center console. Next, lay down some pheremone bed bug traps, like Bird-X’s Bed Bug Alert. These will attract and trap any bed bugs in your car within 24 hours.

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