In an article by USA Today, Tripadvisor reports that reviews of hotels that mention bed bugs has risen 11% in 2010 over 2009. Travelers across the U.S., and arguably around the world, have taken notice of the massive resurgence of bed bugs and are taking precautions when traveling.
Pop singer Lauren Hildebrandt recently joined the bed bug headlines as she claims she was “attacked by bed bugs” in a luxury hotel in New York City. She’s concerned that people need to be aware of the dangers and wants to spread the word so travelers take precautions.
What can you do as a traveler? Be thorough in checking your hotel room as soon as you get to your room:
- Pull off the sheets to the bed and look around and behind headboards for evidence of the insects, including small rust-colored stains.
- Check any furniture in the room – bed bugs are hitchhikers and have also been found in couches and dressers.
- Don’t put your suitcase on the bed or any furniture before inspecting the area.
As always, if you have any questions about bed bugs, treatment methods or need advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have experts on staff who can help.