Traveling to new places is exciting. But beware: when you’re sleeping in a place other than home, there’s a real possibility of being exposed to bed bugs. The constant rise in bed bug infestation among popular hotels and motels should be a real concern for many travelers.
Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that belong to the ciminid family. They are about the size of an apple seed so bed bugs are not hard to miss when you’re inspecting the beddings and mattresses. These critters feed on human blood and thrives from its preferred habitat, beddings or other sleeping areas. Once bitten, the area will become extremely itchy and redness will occur. Rashes or welt-like inflammation will also appear on the skin.
Common Signs of Bed Bugs
It’s easy to tell if a place is infested by bed bugs. Once you enter your motel room, look out for these signs:
Reddish Stains: The most common indication of a bed bug infestation is reddish or rusty stains on mattresses or bed sheets. These are caused by bed bugs being crushed while you sleep.
Dark Spots: Dark spots on certain parts of the mattress could be a sign of bed bug excrement. The dark spots should look like ground pepper or mold.
Bed bug infestation is a cause of major concern among travelers because these creatures can follow you home and nest in your bedroom! Getting rid of bed bugs is not only inconvenient, it’s also costly. So to save yourself from these problems, consider the following tips:
Do Your Research
If you’re booking a stay at a hotel, do a simple search on Google and look for cases of bed bug infestation. Use keywords such as “name of the hotel” and “bed bugs” together in the search field. From there, you can check various cases of bed bug-related incidents of the hotel, should there be any. If the hotel has history of bed bugs infestation, it’s best to book your stay someplace else.
Putting Your Luggage in the Bathroom
As soon as you arrive in the hotel, stash your luggage in the bathroom. Bed bugs hate tiled floors and prefer the coziness of mattresses and beddings. By placing your belongings in the bathroom, you protect all your stuff from being infested by bed bugs. This minimizes the risk of accidentally taking these critters home with you.
Always Carry a Bed Bug Deterrent
It pays to be ready when you’re travelling. To prevent yourself from being bitten by bed bugs while you sleep, spray bed bug deterrent on all their hiding places before heading out. This way, the place will be clean and bug free once you get home. You can buy all natural bed bug deterrents from your local hardware store. Make sure to grab the heavy-duty ones for your protection.
Avoid Using the Closets
…and hangers. Rather than putting all your clothes in the closet dedicated for guests, leave them tucked in safely in your luggage. Keep all your beauty products and toiletries in plastic baggies, leave them in your luggage, and open your bags only when you need to.
Check Seams and Couch
Most times, bed bug infestation is not strictly isolated on the mattress. Research shows that any likely habitat of the bed bugs within 15 feet from the bed could be infested too. So when checking for bugs, don’t focus on the bed alone, check the couch, cushions, etc. for signs of bed bugs.