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If you plan on traveling, check for bedbugs!

Jul 17, 2018 | Bed Bugs

Before booking a hotel room, you may want to read user reviews of the hotel and because nowadays guests who’ve had bad experiences with bugs report them online. Keep in mind that a report about one hotel does not mean the issue wasn’t isolated to one room, or that hotel management hasn’t since exterminated and is on top of the problem.

Travelers should check their bed for telltale signs of the bugs before any luggage is brought in to the room. So what should you do before tucking yourself  into bed? Here are some tips:

  • Peel back the bed sheets and check the mattress, running your fingers along the upper and lower seams. Make sure to check the mattress tag; bed bugs often hide there.
  • Experts recommend removing and examining the headboard if possible. Check for tiny black spots (excrement) that are smaller than poppy seeds. You may also see translucent light brown skins or, in the case of an infestation— live bugs.
  • Check the bedside table. Look for signs of bed bugs in the drawers and along the wall on the side of the bed that is less likely to be disturbed by cleaning staff and guests.
  • If you brought a hairdryer, you can put it on high heat and run it near the cracks and crevices of the bed frame. If bed bugs are present, they will come out trying to get away from the heat.
  • You may want to elevate suitcases and keep them off the floor, like on a luggage stand, but bed bugs can climb so this does not keep your luggage safe.
  • If you see powder in the drawers or on the headboard, it is likely that the room has already been treated for bed bugs by a pest control company.
  • If bed bugs are detected, travelers should request another room. Be sure to inform hotel management.
  • Just moving to a different room may not be the total answer. You should repeat the thorough inspection of any new or different room you are offered.
  • When you pack to leave, inspect your luggage carefully first, and inspect every item as you pack to help detect any bugs or their signs. Laundering most cloth items with typical hot water and detergent followed by drying on low heat for at least 20 minutes (or standard dry cleaning) should kill all bed bugs in or on such items. Sealing freshly laundered items inside a plastic bag should help keep any more bed bugs from getting in those items later to hide (and be carried back with you).
  • Our retail area has travel spray designed for treating your luggage and it is also useful to spray on your clothing to prevent ticks.

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