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How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home

It doesn’t matter if you’re staying at a Motel 6 or the Ritz-Carlton. Bed bugs can and have been found in all types of hotels, no matter the star rating. And believe us—bed bugs are just about the worst type of souvenir you can get from a vacation.

Use these tips to avoid bringing a bed bug infestation home from your travels.

1. Don’t put your suitcase on the bed or up against the curtains or upholstered furniture.

Bed bugs don’t just hide in beds. They can migrate to sofas and draperies as well. When your suitcase is close by, this provides bed bugs with the perfect opportunity to hitch a ride and infiltrate your belongings. Play it safe by keeping your suitcase on a hard floor, such as the tile in the bathroom.

2. Keep your clothes in your suitcase.

Avoid putting your clothes in any hotel dressers, as this could increase your risk of picking up bed bugs. Hang them up or keep them in your suitcase, and put your dirty clothes inside of a plastic bag in your suitcase.

3. Inspect the bedding for rust- or copper-colored stains.

Bed bugs feed on blood. If the person they’re feeding on rolls over and crushes them in the bed, blood can ooze out of the engorged bugs, leaving behind stains. Strip the hotel bedding down to the mattress to look for stains or any bed bugs that might be hiding in the corners, folds, or seams.

4. Check the mattress and boxspring.

Examine the mattress and boxspring for stains, live or dead bed bugs, or brown stains. Use the flashlight on your phone to get a good look while swiping a credit card along the mattress seams. This can dislodge bed bugs or their eggs, which look like tiny, clear, or translucent beads.

5. Examine the headboard.

Now use your flashlight to check any joints or holes in the headboard. Bed bugs will often hide in tiny, dark gaps, sometimes even inside electrical outlets. They typically will not emerge until nightfall (when they have the best chance of feeding), but it’s still possible to find them during the day.

6. If you see signs of bed bugs, inform the staff and get out with your luggage ASAP.

Upon seeing signs of bed bugs, you may wish to stay in a different hotel entirely, but that isn’t always practical or possible. If you see signs of bed bugs and cannot change your hotel, request a room in a completely different part of the building.

At Hoffman's Exterminating Co., Inc., we don’t let the bed bugs bite. Let us help you get a good night’s rest and freedom from your home’s bed bug problem with our effective pest control solutions: (800) 615-3920.