You may have noticed over the last few weeks that it seems like bed bugs have taken over New York City. A movie theater in Times Square, retail shopping stores, schools and apartments – these bugs are everywhere! Bed bugs are hitchhikers, which means they travel around by attaching to anything they can to get from one place to the other. And, unfortunately, once they set up home, they’re extremely difficult to eradicate.
When staying at a hotel, inspect the mattress, bedding, headboard and nightstands thoroughly. Bed bugs tend to hide in dark spaces like the seams of the mattress and box spring.
When returning from a trip, be sure to check your luggage and its contents – this is a key place that bed bugs like to hide. They are tiny and can be difficult to detect but appear as small, brown insects. If they have recently fed, you may also notice tiny specs of blood.