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“Good night and don’t let the bedbugs bite”: Tips for frequent business travelers

Whether on vacation or regular business travel, there is always a risk of bringing bedbugs back to your home. Bedbug infestations are not only difficult to eradicate but also extremely expensive. The following are a few travel tips I use during my weekly overnights for business:

1. Inspection: Inspecting your hotel room is the first step in identifying potential bedbug infestations. Bedbugs typically hide during the day in box springs, the seams/edges of mattresses, carpet, baseboards, furniture, and pictures hanging on the wall.

2. Infestation: Look for signs of an infestation. While you may not find live bedbugs, the following are signs of an active infestation:

  • Bedbug skins/shells/exoskeltons
  • Tiny blood spots on the mattress, walls, or ceiling
  • Fecal spots or stains on the mattress or bedding

3. Luggage: Keep all luggage elevated and off of the floor. The hotel’s luggage rack is a good option(after carefully inspecting the rack)

4. Clothing: Keep clothing in your luggage or hanging in the hotel closet. Leaving clothing on the floor or on the bed makes it easy for bedbugs to hitch a ride home with you!

5. Heat: An excellent preventative practice is to place all clothing in your dryer upon returning home. Bedbugs cannot survive in high heat environments. 15 minutes in a dryer on a high heat setting is recommended.

Good luck and safe travels! And remember, don’t let the bedbugs bite!

If you think you may have bedbugs in your home or business, please contact us to get rid of them quickly and effectively.  For more information, the following links are recommended:

https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/top-ten-tips-prevent-or-control-bed-bugs

https://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/biting-stinging/others/ent-3012/

https://www.bedbugs.umn.edu/bed-bug-control-in-residences

 

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