The Traveler’s Guide To Staying Bug-Free

There’s no doubt that there has been a massive surge in the number of cases of bed bug infestations nationwide. This problem pest has been surging in numbers in many cities nationwide, although the hardest hit have generally been confined to the east coast, with New York City and Philadelphia among the centers of this outbreak of bugs.

Hotel Room Beds

If you’re going on a trip in the near future, it pays to think of some of the ways that you can keep yourself safe from these blood sucking parasites both while in a hotel, and when returning home to your own bed. In fact, most new infestations are picked up while sleeping in a hotel or motel, and it’s not always evident right away that a hotel is infested. Here is a 4 point list to keep in mind whenever you’re on the road.

Check Review Sites Before Booking A Trip

This is the first thing you should do to keep safe from bed bugs. Many hotel review sites will contain information on whether or not the hotels you are looking at have a history of bug problems. If so, you will want to strongly consider not staying at a hotel unless they have proven that they have solved their bed bug issue. It’s better to miss out on a good rate than to bring home a large number of hard to get rid of pests whose removal might end up costing you more money in the long run.

Search The Bed Before Sleeping Or Putting Luggage Down

Once you select a room and book it, you will want to be aware that it’s in your best interest to give the room a cursory search before placing luggage on the bed or sleeping in it. Lift up the covers and search the mattress and box spring for signs of infestation such as bed bug waste which appears as dark brown spots, or an odd acrid odor that can give away the presence of these parasites.

Think About Buying Some Travel Spray

Most of the companies that make the leading bed bug control products also make travel sized versions of their same sprays. These can come in handy if you have no choice but to stay in a hotel that might have had problems with these insects in the past. The best thing to do is do the search mentioned above and then give the bed a quick spray to protect yourself from the insects while getting a good night’s sleep.

When You Get Home – Make Sure You Don’t Have Any Stowaways

As soon as you return from your trip, you will want to give both your clothes and your luggage a good search in order to make sure you have not brought home any bugs with you. The best thing to do is to keep luggage separate from your bedroom area if possible for a few hours then search it for any stray bugs. You needn’t be overly paranoid as you are unlikely to have encountered any of these insects if you followed the first three steps, but a quick once over of your belongings can save you trouble in the future.

John Sams has written many articles on home improvement and travelling. His main area of expertise is pest control, which he applies to many different sub topics such as natural and organic solutions to pest control problems. To learn more please visit

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