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Avoiding Bed Bugs During Your Holiday Travels

Avoiding Bed Bugs During Your Holiday Travels

The thought of sharing a hotel room with bed bugs can cause your skin to crawl. It’s even worse when you’ve discovered they have hitched a ride home in your suitcase. If you do bring these blood-drinking pests home with you, you can request residential bed bug treatment for your home in Oakland Park, but it’s definitely preferable to prevent infestations. Taking a few simple precautions can greatly reduce the chances that your possessions will become infested while you travel this holiday season.

Inspect the hotel room as soon as you walk inside.

As soon as you get inside your hotel room, carry your luggage straight to a luggage rack or place it in the bathroom. This should protect your belongings from bed bugs while you inspect the room. Then, use a flashlight to carefully inspect the bedding. Look under the covers, linens, and pillows, and check the seams of the mattress and box spring. Check behind the headboard, on upholstered furniture, on the drapes, and around the nightstands. Look for these signs of bed bugs:

  • Small reddish or brownish spots
  • Molted skins
  • Sticky eggs
  • Tiny Bugs

Apply a piece of clear tape or a lint roller to multiple locations on the bedding and other areas where these pests like to hide. If there are any bed bugs, it may be easier to identify them on the tape.

Keep your suitcase sequestered during your stay.

If you do notice any signs of a bed bug infestation, ask hotel management for a different room located well away from the original room. Or, you might want to switch hotels. When you settle in a room without any signs of bed bugs, you should still assume that an infestation is possible. Keep your suitcase sequestered in a sealed plastic bag.

Clean your belongings thoroughly when you return home.

As soon as you get home, put all of your clothing in the washing machine and launder it with hot water. Vacuum every crevice of your suitcase. If you have a garment hand steamer, you can use it on your luggage to kill any bed bugs that might have hitched a ride.