The summer months have come to a close, and so have our summer vacations. Whether you vacationed in Disneyworld with the kids, or took your significant other up the coast to Myrtle Beach, the possibility of bringing home those malevolent bedbugs was always a concern… Or it should’ve been.
Bedbug infestations are growing at exponential rates—some reports say as much as 75% from the same time last year. The Bedbug Crisis Hotline has increased ten fold in the last 6 months.
Now that the summer vacation season has come and gone, and the kids are back in school, it’s time to start thinking about our holiday travel plans. Here are a few bedbug prevention tips to keep in mind while on vacation. Remember, the best way to prevent bedbugs is to be diligent before, during, and after your vacation.
Inspect Your Room
The first and most important step upon entering your hotel room is looking it over thoroughly. Place your bags in the middle of the hard tile bathroom floor. Pull the sheets and covers back on your bed. Carefully inspect the bedding, the mattress seams, and behind the headboard for bedbugs. They will look like like a small, flat, reddish-brown seed. Remove couch and chair cushions and do the same inspection.
If you suspect your hotel room has a bedbug infestation, request a different room as far away from the original as possible. Outbreaks will almost always spread to other rooms close by. You may even be safer changing hotels if at all possible.
Keep Everything Off The Floor
Even if you don’t see any bedbugs in your room, you should also take precautions. Never place your luggage on the hotel bed or floor. Make sure to use luggage racks. While in the airport, in the airplane, and in a taxi, keep your small bags and purses on your lap.
Wrap Your Luggage
While traveling, use suitcases with protective covers. If your suitcases don’t have a protective cover, you can wrap them in plastic bags.
Post Travel Luggage Treatment
When you get home from vacation, make sure you clean your luggage. A handheld steamer will work the best because it will instantly kill any bedbugs and their larvae. Wash and dry your clothes immediately upon your return. The heat from the dryer will kill any unwanted hitchhikers.
If you fear you have brought bedbugs into your home, call a pest control professional immediately!
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Source: Yahoo Travel