Who does not love going on a fun, relaxing trip? While planning for your vacation, you most likely are envisioning yourself having a grand time. However, do not stay off in the dream world for long, because you have to prepare yourself for when you enter your hotel room. Many hotels keep up with pest control and bedbugs, but sometimes that is not enough. We do not want you to have to deal with these creatures; that is why we made this list of travel tips for avoiding bed bugs.
Inspect Your Hotel Room
After a long day of traveling, you may want to hit the hay, but do not get comfortable just yet. Once you get to your room, you will need to inspect it. Check for signs of bed bugs on furniture, fabrics, bed frames, box springs, sheets and mattresses. While most hotels are on top of the pest issues, these creatures are so tiny that they can hide without anyone noticing.
If you do notice the signs of bed bugs, you need to call hotel management immediately. From there, they should be able to access the situation, call pest control and determine if you need to move rooms or not. If management does move your room, make sure that it is not anywhere near your original place. Bedbugs can easily travel from room to room on hotel cleaning carts.
Inspect Before You Leave
Before packing up and leaving, give your room, luggage and yourself one more thorough check. You do not want to bring these pests to your home. You will want to check for bites, eggs, bugs and bloodstains. If you notice any bed bugs on your way out, notify the hotel staff and place your belongings in a plastic bag.
Wash Your Clothes
When you get home, you likely do not want to bother washing your clothes. But, if you want to ensure that your home does not get infested with bed bugs, keep your luggage in the garage to air out and to wash your clothes immediately. Washing your clothes will kill any bedbugs that decided to grab a ride. Leave your luggage in the garage for a day or two. Then, re-inspect it for these pests.