It’s that time of the year when people take vacations and travel the countryside. Vacationers don’t realize that they may be bringing home extra unwanted passengers they never knew existed. We’re talking bedbugs! Lately there’s been an explosion of horror stories of hotels and motels suffering from complete infestations all across the United States, and many other countries where people normally stay on vacation. From fancy hotels with five-star ratings to local motels no one seems to be escaping this problem. Even airplanes, trains and rental automobiles are subject to this problem. Go online and do some detective work, as many travelers will report that they’ve run into this problem with different businesses and hotels. Research and reviews are invaluable before you choose a place to stay. With a bit of precaution you can ensure that you’re not part of the problem by bringing them home with you.

Bedbugs and Vacations

Bedbugs and Vacations

Before you leave home is the best time to start a plan of protection. No matter what way you travel, seal your suitcase in a plastic bag. It’s still easy to open for inspection and then reseal before it goes on a plane or train or into a hotel. Over the counter spays can also prove to be useful but not foolproof so I’d use both the spray and the plastic bag approach.

Once you arrive at your destination you need to understand that just because they’re called bedbugs, does not mean they’re only found in beds. They love to fit into crevices and cracks in hotel rooms as much as they like beds. When you arrive at your vacation room, store your baggage on the linoleum floor of the bathroom. They’re less likely to be there and it’s a safe storage area while you inspect your room.

Next, it’s time to inspect the bed. Take off pillows, sheets and begin your search of the mattress, box spring, and if there’s a dust ruffle remove it also. Bedbugs are easy to identify as they looks like a small seed. You’ll be looking for these seeds and any signs of droplets of blood. Drops of blood may be tiny but it’s an indication they’ve been feeding on a human. You’ll also look for tiny indications of droppings or molted skin that are often found in the area of the box spring. Once done with inspecting the bed move to furniture, walls and any decorations that may be in the room. Having a flashlight makes the task easier, but basically ever area of your room needs to be inspected.

Bedbugs are basically harmless in the same way a mosquito bit is, but some people are bitten while others seem to have a natural protection. The bite may leave a bump and may itch but for the most part they’re more of a nuisance. If you’ve discovered nothing, it’s still wise to take some precautions. Many travelers recommend carrying a can of Lysol and spraying everything in the room. It doesn’t kill the bedbug unless sprayed directly on them, but acts more as a deterrent. There are a wide variety of bedbug products on the market today and travelers now carry them with them wherever they go.

Some of the recommended products to help protect you and your luggage from bedbugs range from luggage liners, pillow and whole bed encasements to portable heating units. Further prevention is needed when you get home. Unpack and spray your luggage before entering the house. Wash all clothing that was in the luggage and make sure you put everything in the dryer for added insurance. If you do end up with an invasion of bedbugs in your home, call a professional bed bug exterminator and let them handle the problem. That way you’ll sleep better at night knowing a professional took care of the problem.

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