Don’t Let Bed Bugs Ruin Your Labor Day Travel Plans!

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.

If you’re planning to enjoy some time away from home, make sure bed bugs don’t ruin your holiday fun!  Here are a few tips of how 250px-Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectulariusto perform a bed bug inspection when staying in a hotel:

  • 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.

If you suspect you may have a bed bug infestation in your home, contact us for a free inspection.