Bed Bugs and Hotels: Top Prevention Tips While Traveling
‘Tis the season for traveling, but also for an increase in bed bug activity. Across the country, and particularly in the South, bed bug infestations appear and grow during hot summer months, and hotels can only do so much to prevent the spread. Here are some quick tips for bed bugs and hotels, ensuring a bug-free vacation and a bug-free home after your trip.
Inspect Your Hotel Room:
Before you unpack, make sure your room hasn’t had any recent pest activity. Check the seams and folds of your mattresses for signs of bed bugs, like small blood spots or droppings. While you’re at it, look behind the headboard and around lamps or picture frames.
Keep Your Luggage Safe:
Wrap your suitcases, shoes, and socks in plastic garbage bags when you’re not using them. Bed bugs like to hide in warm spaces, and are especially attracted to foot odors.
If You Think Your Room Has Bed Bugs:
Ask for another room! Be sure to inspect the next room they offer you. If multiple rooms have signs of an infestation, consider requesting a refund and going to another hotel.
When Packing to Leave:
Check your clothing and luggage, particularly seams and folds, for signs of bed bugs before you pack everything up. The last thing you want are a bunch of little stowaways waiting to populate in your home.
When You Get Home:
Wash all of the laundry from the trip in high heat, and machine dry on the highest setting for at least 20 minutes. This heat will kill any bed bugs you might have brought home with you. If you have clothes that are dry-clean only, they should be safe to put in the dryer as long as you don’t wet them first.
Even when you’ve done everything you can to prevent a breakout, bed bugs may still spread in your home. If that happens, take action immediately with our easy 4-step solution.