If you are planning to travel, donít forget to develop a strategy to avoiding the ultimate vacation pest: bedbugs. These tiny, creepy, crawly insects are often hard to spot but can be expensive and stressful to remove. Yet, with these few quick tips, you should be able to keep your family from becoming victim to the bugs and bites.
Take Precautions From The Start
Begin by checking online to see whether your hotel has received any recent complaints about bedbugs. Instead of placing clothes directly into a suitcase, pack them into airtight zip-lock bags, or use a bedbug-proof suitcase liner. Bring along a few extra zip-lock bags for your dirty laundry.
Check Your Room Carefully
When you arrive at your hotel, inspect your room thoroughly. Put your luggage into the bathtub until you have inspected the room. Use a small flashlight to check the seams and underside of the mattress. Check the headboard and the wall behind it, remove cushions from upholstered furniture, and inspect all the seams.
You’re looking for the bugs, which are very tiny and can be reddish brown or translucent in color, their eggs, as well as any small spots of blood the bugs might had left behind.
If you spot any visible signs of an infestation, request a different room that’s not adjacent to the infested room, and do another inspection. Even if the room appears clear, take care to keep your luggage away from the bed. Instead, use the luggage rack in your room. If the luggage rack is wooden and has cloth straps, inspect it carefully first.
Be Cautious With Dirty Laundry
This is where those extra zip-lock bags come in handy. Use them to separate your laundry just the way you do at home — one bag for delicates, one for colors, and so on — and put dirty clothes into them immediately after undressing. Always make sure the bags are completely sealed after putting garments inside.
When you get home, it’s easy to wash your clothes without exposing your home to potential infestation. Simply drop the contents of each zip-lock bag directly into the washer, and wash it with the hottest water setting the fabric will tolerate. Dry your clothes on the hottest drying cycle for at least 30 minutes. If you brought clean clothing home, dry it as well. Finally, seal all the zip-lock bags into another plastic bag, and dispose of them immediately in an outdoor garbage can.
Even the finest hotels can be infested with bedbugs. Take these precautions, and you will enjoy your trip with worrying about bedbugs!
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