They just mentioned this on the news and I think it's a great idea. You can check apartments, hotels, etc. that have been reported to have bed bugs. Hopefully that helps avoid them when moving or travelling.
What's getting scary is they said people are starting to pick them up in planes, theaters, schools etc. and they really don't have poisons to control them right now. So if you bring them home they can be a real problem to get rid of.