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Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite: 3 Tips For Avoiding An Infested Hotel Room

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These days, bed bugs are a common concern among those who stay in hotels. The last thing you want is to bring home a bed bug infestation from an otherwise enjoyable vacation! Unfortunately, even the seemingly fanciest of hotels can be plagued pests if they haven't had the proper bed bug treatment. This is why it's so important that you take some additional precautions while booking a hotel and while traveling..

Check Registries Before Booking

Some websites have individual hotel ratings for different categories, such as cleanliness, location, service, etc.; so be sure to contact the reviewers to confirm their ratings. Also, make sure the hotel isn't listed on any bed bug registries. The BedBugRegistry.com lets you search by region, so it is easier to plan your trip.

Wait to Bring Luggage Into Your Room

Even if you've done a ton of research and booked a hotel with excellent reviews (especially in regards to cleanliness), you can never be too safe when it comes to avoiding bed bugs in a hotel room. Therefore, when you first arrive at a hotel and get checked in, it's recommended that you leave your luggage in your car until you've had a chance to check out the room for yourself. Bed bugs like to climb into fabric bags and suitcases, and then you'll be bringing them home with you--even if you're only in the room for a few minutes. If you don't feel comfortable leaving valuables in your car, make sure that you purchase portable luggage heating systems that eradicate larva and b. 

Perform a Thorough Inspection of the Room

Make sure you check your hotel room from top to bottom once you arrive. Contrary to their name, bed bugs aren't just found in beds; they can also hide in other furniture or even in carpets or drapery. Therefore, while you'll definitely want to check under the hotel room mattress and box spring, you'll also want to check along baseboards, in dressers, and anywhere else you can think of for signs of bed bugs. Aside from actually spotting a bed bug, be on the lookout for rust-colored stains on bedding and fabrics, as this can also be the sign of a bed bug infestation. If you aren't sure whether or not the room has bed bugs, make sure you pack a mattress encasement, so that you can stay protected while you sleep.

By following these steps, you can have a more enjoyable trip and worry less about bed bugs.


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