Preventing Bed Bugs
We’ve all had the nightmare involving hundreds of tiny little crawling insects. Most of the time we wake up realizing that was just a dream. Unfortunately, for some the nightmare doesnt end there. A bad night at a hotel room can easily translate to many, many more bad nights. Before you go galavanting in some new territory, please keep these few tips in mind. And remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Bed Bug Prevention Tips:
- Check reviews online before you travel. We recommend the Bed Bug Registry. Just search for your hotel room and see if any bed bug sightings pop up. Keep in mind, cities ranked higher in bed bug complaints will have a greater chance of posing a threat to your travel plans.
- When you check into your hotel room, it will not hurt to ask the front desk attendant if they have had any issues with bed bugs recently. Always ask to be placed away from that room; not on the side of it, above it or below it.
- When you first enter the room, leave your belongings at the door. Always inspect your mattress for bed bugs by pulling back the covers and looking carefully at the seams and tufts for bed bugs or bed bug evidences (black fecal spots). Pull back the dust ruffle from the box spring and inspect there as well. If you find bed bugs, do not spray them yourself. This may cause them to move around and infest other areas. Instead, contact the hotel management to inform them of the bugs and ask for another room immediately. Leave the spraying to a professional. If none were found you can try the Hot Air Inspection. Use a blow dryer (you will want to make sure you bring one with you) and blow the hot air into all sides of the headboards and inside the nightstands. If you see bugs running, get moving.
- Do not store your clothes in the dresser. We recommend keeping them in your suitcases and placing in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom. You can also place your suitcase on a hard surface like on top of a table, workstation or dresser.
- Do not leave your dirty clothes on the floor. Bed bugs are attracted to human odors. Instead, keep your dirty clothes in plastic bags. We recommend storing the bag(s) in the bathroom.
- Do not use the supplied luggage holder.
- There are commonly available sprays that can be used on your suitcase to help repel bedbugs and they are relatively inexpensive. Most are relatively new and untested, but it may be worth the chance.
- If you will be staying for multiple days, it would not hurt to come with bed bug monitors. While these can be hit or miss, a positive hit will at least give you the heads up you need before bringing them into your home.
- If you travel a lot, it may be wise to invest in a portable luggage heater. This allows you to place all the items you traveled with in a chamber and heat to the proper temperature to kill bedbugs and eggs.
- Upon your return home, go straight for the washer. Put all the items in the washer inspecting each article of clothing as you go. When they are done, put them in the dryer under the high heat setting for 30 minutes. Keep your suitcase in the garage, attic or another isolated spot.