Avoid Bringing Bedbugs Home from Vacation
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A chance to relax and escape the everyday demands of work and
home is a real reward, but today's vacations bring an extra worry
besides airline baggage fees: bedbugs. Once rarely seen, these
blood-sucking creatures are appearing with a vengeance at the very
places we go to escape - hotels and vacation rentals. But worse
than finding bedbugs on vacation is bringing them home.
Do some research
Before making hotel reservations, do a quick search online to see
if bedbugs have been reported at the hotel or rental you've chosen.
Sites like bedbugregistry.com list hotels and other locations where
bedbugs have been spotted. While these sites can sometimes be in
error, if you spot multiple listings and a number of bedbug sites
reported within a specific area, it's possible this is a bedbug
To be certain you'll get a good night's sleep, also check out hotel
reviews on travel websites to find out about bedbugs, or to see if
there are other problems at specific hotels. Certain cities are
also at a higher risk for bedbug infestations, so it helps to know
which ones have had the most problems.
Oddly, even smaller, non-metropolitan cities have had problems with
bedbugs. Orkin lists 50 U.S. cities ranked in order of the number
of bedbug treatments done from January to April 2011
Once your research is done, inspecting your vacation rental or
hotel room upon arrival could prevent bedbugs from hitching a ride
home with you. Check the sheets, comforter, and the seams of the
mattress and box spring. Lift the mattress and look underneath,
where bedbugs like to hide. Check for telltale pinpoint spots of
blood. Examine the headboard too, because bedbugs will hide in
joints in the wood.
While you're in the room, avoid putting clothes or luggage on the
floor because bedbugs can get inside. Pull the luggage rack away
from the wall to stop bedbugs from crawling inside.
The most common sign that you've slept with bedbugs is the itchy
red bumps they leave behind. If you wake up with bites, notify the
hotel manager immediately to request a new room, or move to another
When you get home, take steps to avoid bringing these pests into
the house. Undress in the garage and bag your clothing and luggage
in garbage bags, tied tightly and sealed with duct tape. If you do
develop a problem, contact a pest control company experienced with
bedbugs. Treating these pests is not a DIY job.