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Whether you’re on a summer vacation or holiday getaway, a bed bug inspection is always recommended when traveling. When staying at a hotel, it’s always a good idea to check your room for bed bugs as soon as you arrive. Bed bugs can hide in the most inconspicuous places and they’re small, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for when inspecting a hotel for bed bugs.
If you plan on staying at a hotel, bring a flashlight. If your phone has a flashlight feature, that’s great, but a small flashlight will do as well. This will help you when you start looking in tight crevices.
When conducting a bed bug inspection, keep your luggage off the bed. You don’t want to risk bed bugs getting in your clothes or luggage while you’re checking for bed bugs.
If you’re conducting your own bed bug inspection, start with the mattress, since this is likely the most common place you’ll find them. Begin inspecting the sheets, mattress pad and box spring. Another hot spot to look at is the luggage rack. Who knows if someone else’s luggage had bed bugs and they put their luggage on the rack.
After inspecting the mattress, begin examining the furniture or any frames hanging on the walls (yes, bed bugs can be found there, too). Nightstands, dressers and upholstered chairs have also been hotspots for bed bugs.
To be on the safe side, always put dirty clothes into plastic bags when staying at a hotel. Bed bugs can smell the chemicals we leave behind on our clothes so putting them in plastic bag will reduce the likelihood they will come into contact with your clothes.
If you spotted signs of bed bugs in your hotel room, notify the front desk immediately.
Once you’ve come home from your trip, immediately wash your clothes. If you couldn’t fit all your clothes into one load, keep them inside a plastic bag until they can be washed.
Next, move onto your suitcase and vacuum the inside and out of it. When emptying the contents in your vacuum, place the debris in an airtight bag and dispose of immediately.
After your suitcase has been vacuumed, place it inside a large plastic bag, just in case you missed a bug and it lays eggs.
So you’ve followed the steps to avoid bed bugs while travelling but you have a feeling you have bed bugs in your home. Do you think you have bed bug bites? Common signs of bed bug bites are:
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