When Going Off to Summer Camp

    Bed Bug Safety Tips When Going Off to Summer Camp

    Summer camp is a great experience for kids! Horseback riding, canoeing, campfire cookouts … all a ton of fun. But, bed bugs are lurking out there! Here are some surefire tips to keep the kids safe while at Camp Wannahokipoki:

    Before heading off to camp:

    • Check the surrounding area of the camp for bed bug reports.
    • Call the camp and ask if they encase their mattresses (or take other precautions) against bed bugs.

    Bed Bug packing list:

    • Send your kids off with pictures of bed bugs and bed bug bites so they’ll know what to look for.
    • Use trunks or at least sturdy luggage rather than soft luggage, making it more difficult for bed bugs to climb.
    • Use a bed bug luggage liner to keep the contents safe while traveling, and it’s also useful as a drawer liner.
    • Use a bed bug laundry bag for both clean and dirty clothes.
    • Pack 1% Hydrocortisone cream just in case you get any insect bites.
    • Pack rubbing alcohol to be able to kill any spotted bed bug eggs or bed bugs
    • Bring anti-bed bug pillow encasements.
    • Pack a flashlight for a bed bug search (and may come in handy for that camp out as well).

    Welcome to camp! What now?

    • Pick the bed farthest away from any wood structures or headboards – where bed bugs are likely to hide.
    • Take out those bed bug pictures and flashlight and check around the bed and mattress seams for possible indications of a bed bug infestation.
    • If bed bugs are found, notify your counselor as soon as possible – to prevent them from spreading.
    • Keep your bunk as tidy as possible – the more clutter, the more room for bed bugs to camp out with you!
    • Don’t share your s’mores with bed bugs, or they’ll never leave!

    More bedbug tips for protecting your family:

    When having a sleepover

    When going off to college

    In the workplace

    When renting a Halloween costume

    When residing in a dormitory

    When using a daycare center

    When staying in a hospital

    When visiting family and friends

    When seeing out patients at their home

    When residing in a Senior Resident Housing