What to do with electronics after a trip(3 posts)
I've been travelling for a year and a half. I have a backpack and a few other things. Before I go home I'm going to throw away most toiletries. I'm going to put all my clothes in a bag, then throw them and the ones I'm wearing along with all cloth objects, the the bag itself and my shoes in my basement dryer on high for 1.5 hours (whatever, too long... but its peace of mind.) I have a few other things - gifts - mostly jewelry, which I really, really doubt could have bedbugs (I never was bitten by anything that suggested their presence) but I guess I'll throw away all the packaging and was the surfaces of other things down with cleaning alcohol.
I'm left with my electronics. I'll put them in a ziplock bag before I get home. I could throw them in the freezer but I don't know what that would do to a camera or laptop. Obviously I'll wipe them down but I'm sort of stumped about how to be completely sure there's nothing there.
I have no reason to believe I'm carrying bed bugs but I'm going back to live with my parents for a bit in New York City and there would be nothing worse than bringing these mothers back wit me.
Probably best you can do is wipe them down with a wet cloth (skip the alcohol, it doesn't add significant value) while inspecting surfaces, grooves, etc. You could run a blow-dryer over more complex surfaces (like a keyboard) to see if you disturb anything.
I use this stuff that I get at Staples which is basically air in a can. It comes with a straw that fits into the nozzle and I spray that into the electronics. I must admit that I'm not sure it would do anything if there were bed bugs in the electronics, but it makes me feel like I'm doing something. If you decide to try it, be careful you don't put the straw too close to the holes or it will get the items a bit wet.
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