The Labor Day weekend is just a few days away and according AAA, 34.1 million Americans plan to travel more than 50 miles away from home this weekend. That’s a 4.2% increase over last year and for most of us, a long weekend getaway is greatly needed as we head into the fall.
- Pull pillows and sheets back about 1/3 of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard.
- Look for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
- Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.
- Contact Guest Services immediately if you find any signs of bed bugs during your inspection.
If you suspect you were in a hotel with bed bugs, once you return home take the following steps with your travel items:
- Isolate the items in your travel bags from other items in your home – the garage is a great place.
- Put clothing and other heat-tolerant items into your dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes – the heat will eliminate the bed bugs.
- After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.
- Check all luggage before storing it away. Vacuum out luggage and clean the exterior surface.
Bed bugs don’t discriminate between motels and 5-star resort hotels – they are hitchhikers and will attach themselves to luggage and clothing and travel wherever they are taken.
When welcoming family and friends into your home who have been staying in a hotel or traveling on a cruise ship, be aware that bed bugs may have hitched a ride with them. After your guests leave, carefully inspect guest rooms for any signs of bed bugs. Wash all bed linens as soon as possible.