Bedbugs can be a problem no matter how many stars your hotel or lodging has. And while bedbugs are big-time travelers, you don’t have to worry about them interfering with your travels if you’re well prepared.
Here are some other tips that can help you avoid bedbugs when you travel:
- Check out your room. Bring along your flashlight and leave your luggage at the door while you inspect your room for bedbugs. Look under the corners of the mattress, box spring and piping of sofas and large furniture. Digested blood—one telltale sign of bedbugs—will be brown rather than red. A basic inspection should take about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Move to another room—or hotel. Think you’ve found signs of a bedbug infestation? Then talk to the front desk, or hotel management, about what you’ve found. See if they can place you in a room that doesn’t have a history of bedbug problems, or isn’t right next door to your room with bedbugs. Ask what their procedures are for handling bedbugs. Moving to another hotel might make you feel better, but remember, there’s no guarantee the next hotel is bedbug free.
- Put your luggage on a luggage rack. Keep your bags off the bed or upholstered furniture, where bedbugs like to hide out. You also might want to keep your electronic devices, toiletries items or anything that can’t be laundered in plastic bags that can be zipped shut.
- Wash or dry clean clothes back home. When you return from your trip, wash what clothes you can on a hot-water setting and dry on high. Otherwise, take your clothes to a dry cleaner.
Spray your suitcases with Pronto Plus® just to be sure that bedbugs aren’t lurking in the edges and seams.