"Lockers can serve as transfer points for bed bugs," he says, but as in school and retail settings, heavy infestations are "unlikely due to the lack of consistent food sources and nocturnal companionship, both of which are needed to thrive."
Even if you did manage to pick up a lone bed bug from a locker or someplace else, he notes, you don't have to worry about anything but a few bites unless the hitchhiker happens to be a pregnant female.
Overall, "gyms that allow overnight or longterm locker use are more risky," so if you're going to use a locker, Bloom suggests packing your stuff in pouches.
As for both preventative and active treatment of infested locker rooms, it's not that hard to do--as long as it's done: "Lockers themselves can be inspected by certified bed bug canines and treated by dry steam vapor after hours if an issue is found," says Bloom.
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