How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling
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It is the first day of your vacation. You wake up. You shuffle to the bathroom. You flick the light on. In the mirror of the bathroom is your face. But not your face. One side is covered in red, rashy bumps that go all the way down your neck. Something bit you in the night. A lot of somethings. Now your vacation is ruined. Believe it or not, this is not the worst thing that can happen if you don’t put bed bug prevention into your travel plans. Bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs. If you don’t take precautions, you could bring them home with you! Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can avoid that.
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How to Avoid a Hotel With Bed Bugs
We live in a digital age. Take full advantage of it. Check bedbugregistry.com, or some other review site, and see if a bed bug report has been filed for the place you’ll be staying. If there have been several, you may want to choose another place to stay. If there is only one, give the place a call. Ask the person on the phone what their bed bug plan is. If that bed bug incident was an isolated event, the person running the place will know the bed bug plan. This is also a great way to find out what management is willing to do if bed bugs are found in your room. It is best to stay at a place that will be willing to move you to another room for free if bed bugs are encountered. As long as the room isn’t adjacent, above, or below the room you were in, it should be fine.
Inspecting Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs
Before settling into your hotel room, make sure to fully inspect your surroundings for sides of bed bugs:
- If possible, leave your bag in your car until you’ve done your inspection. If not, put your bags on the bathroom floor.
- Use a flashlight to check the sheets, pillowcases, mattress seams, underside of the box spring, upholstered furniture, baseboards, and wall outlets for bed bug signs. If bed bugs are infesting the room, you may see black streaks, tiny black droppings, black patches, light brown to dark brown blood staining, shed insect skins, or these tiny bugs crawling around.
- If you find evidence, bring it to the attention of management.
Simple Precautions to Prevent Bed Bugs
During your stay, consider keeping your luggage in plastic bags. When you bring your luggage out, use the luggage stand, if one is provided, or use a table to put your luggage on. Don’t leave clothing on the floor or draped over a chair. And, when you get home from vacation, wash and dry all your clothing on the hottest temperature. This should kill bed bugs in all stages of development.
If bed bugs ever appear in your home, call a professional. These pests are extremely hard to get rid of without proper education and training. If you are in our service area, reach out to us. Allgood Pest Solutions uses the most advanced bed bug protocols in the industry. We’ll make sure those bed bugs are completely gone.Back to Bed Bug Exterminators, Control & Removal
How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling in Atlanta & Knoxville Metros and Surrounding Areas
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