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Blood-sucking hotel bed bugs are out to get you! Are you scratching yourself yet? In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the outbreak reports of these nasty little critters. You’ll find them just about anywhere from overnight flop motels to the high-end hotels of Manhattan. But you can reduce the risk of co-habitating with the tiny vampires, if you do a little planning and follow a few simple guidelines. Before you check in, check out these tips on how to prevent hotel bed bugs from infesting your home.
Before You Travel
Do your usual hotel research and be sure to check out any reviews but, add in the extra step of checking the several different “bedbug registries” that offer alerts on outbreaks of this insidious pest.
Head Straight For The Bathroom
Upon entering your hotel room, make believe that everything is potentially infested and immediately put your luggage into the bathtub. Yes, all of it. Bedbugs hate tile floors and cannot navigate the high slippery walls of a tub.
Inspect The Bed
Don’t do the old “flop exhaustedly on the bed” to mark the true start of your well-deserved vacation. Instead, take all of the bedding off and do a thorough inspection of the bed, paying close attention to the seams. If you see spots that look “rusty” (which is really blood spots), chances are high that there are bed bugs lurking nearby.
Check The Room
Take a look around the room for any live (or dead) insects. Check any chairs or sofas, inside drawers, and behind all of the furnishings (and yes, check under the phone and alarm clock). You really don’t want to take any chances on picking up some of these hitchhikers. It may sound like a lot of work upon entry, but it is well worth it.
What If Bedbugs Are Found?
If you find any bedbugs or their telltale markings, go directly to the front desk and request another room (or if possible, go to another properly researched hotel). They will most likely comply easily and also have the room inspected. If possible, get a room as far away from the one you left, as these insects can travel easily through wallboards and electrical outlets.
Wrap Up Your Dirty Laundry
Even if you saw no signs of infestation, you should always take safeguards against bringing these pests back home with you. Bag your dirty clothing for later cleaning and to prevent the bugs from getting inside your luggage or other sundries.
Back At Home
When you get back home, wash all of your clothes, not just the dirty ones. Use hot water, as bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures above 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Make use of a handheld steamer or, at least, vacuum out all of your luggage. Now that you’re home, sleep tight, and if you followed these tips, you won’t be seeing any bed bug bites.