One of the first things most people do after a long day of traveling is plop themselves on the comfy hotel bed and bask in the glory of clean, crisp sheets they didn’t need to wash themselves. Some travelers don’t realize that a seemingly spotless room can still have hidden inhabitants deep within the mattress. The worst part about bed bugs is that they don’t seem to care if they are shacking up in a five star hotel or a cheap motel. A bed is a bed and they will be happy anywhere, although the risks are greatest in urban and suburban areas.
According to Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor at Travelocity, the vast majority of travelers never have an issue with bed bugs. But the truth is that bed bugs are out there and you can find them in unexpected places like hotel beds, movie theaters, and even department stores.
There has actually been a 71% increase in bed bug calls to the National Pest Management Association since 2001.
How can you prevent getting bed bugs while traveling?
- Read reviews for the hotel you’re booking online. If someone had a suspected case of bed bugs from a certain hotel, they have likely posted about it.
- Always store your suitcase on a hard surface away from rugs, upholstered furniture, and the bed.
- Inspect the room by pulling back bed linens and looking for specks that could have been left by bugs.
- Thoroughly clean everything you traveled with once you get home. A good wash of all of your clothes on a hot cycle will ensure that anything that could have been transferred has been eliminated.
If you do find that you have a bed bug or other pest problem, the best course of action is to immediately contact Blue Ridge Termite and Pest Management Group.