Christmas time is almost here, and many people will be traveling and staying in hotel rooms while visiting family. However, many people are unaware they could be sharing a hotel room with some unwanted guests – bed bugs. Here is how you can prevent bed bugs from hitching a ride home with you from the hotel:

  1. Luggage – Upon arriving in the hotel room, keep your luggage away from all upholstery. Throughout your trip, keep your luggage and your clothing on a luggage rack or in the bathtub. Keeping these items on hard surfaces away from the bed and other furniture decreases the likelihood of bed bugs crawling into your stuff.
  2. Bedding – Pull back the blankets and check the sheets for blood and insect fecal satinsstains. Continue removing and checking the sheets layer by layer until you reach the mattress. Check the seams and crevices of the mattress for blood, insect fecal stains, and the bugs themselves. Pull the bed slightly away from the wall and look behind the box spring and the headboard for bugs.
  3. Furniture – Similarly to the bed, check all seams and crevices of furniture for blood, fecal stains and the bug themselves. Move the furniture away from the wall and check for bed bugs.

If you suspect you stayed in an infested hotel room, there are many things you can do to try to prevent them from moving in at home. First, notify management that they may have an infestation. Once home, place all of your belongings in the bathtub immediately. Check the zippers, folds and seams for bed bugs and stains. As soon as possible, wash all clothing in the hottest water and drying settings possible. Remember to place shoes in the dryer on high for 30 minutes. Over the next couple of days, check your bedding regularly for blood, insect fecal stains, and the bugs themselves.

Fortunately, a bedbug problem is entirely controllable under professional care. Using state-of the art equipment and techniques, our licensed exterminators will inspect your home’s environment and construction to identify the problem and determine the best course of action. If you discover that bed bugs hitched a ride home with you, give us a call at 1-800-524-8544 to make an appointment.