Prevent Bed Bugs When You Travel

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Prevent Bed Bugs When You Travel

Reduce the likelihood of encountering bed bugs and bringing bed bugs home with you by thoroughly inspecting your accommodations and taking measures to protect your luggage and its contents throughout your stay.

1. Inspect the Bed & Headboard. In a hotel setting, bed bugs are very likely to be found behind the headboard. Before you settle into your room, lift the headboard off the wall with help of another person and look for evidence of bed bugs. Also, pull back the bed linens and check the visible edges of the mattress and box spring. You are looking for evidence of live bugs, dark brownish to black spots & stains, or shed skins from bed bugs.

If you suspect bed bugs, request another room!

2. Keep Luggage Closed & Away from Bed Bug Prone Areas. Keep all zippers closed and do not place or store luggage on or next to beds, upholstered furniture or in a closet. The further away you store your luggage from these areas the better.

3. Keep Items that Cannot be Laundered in Ziploc® Bags. Items that cannot be laundered such as books, electronics, toiletries, jewelry etc should be kept sealed in Ziploc® bags whenever they are not in use. Even laptop computers can be kept in sealed Ziploc® bags when not in use, especially during the nighttime hours while you are sleeping.

4.Complain If You Suspect Bed Bugs. Notify the property management if at anytime during your stay you see evidence of what you believe might be bed bugs or you begin to develop itchy welts on your body. Just because you see an insect or develop bite-like symptoms does not mean that bed bugs are present, but management should be aware of your concern so that the possibility of bed bugs may be investigated.

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About the Author:

Garrett Thrasher is author of Bed Bug Battle Plan (available on Amazon), a San Diego District Director of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), a member of the bedbugFREE network, and a member of the National Pest Management Association. His company has been awarded the QualityPro mark of excellence in pest management.As a member of the Thrasher family, Garrett grew up in the pest Control business founded by his father in 1979. After earning his B.S. in Psychology from U.C. Irvine, he worked for several different pest control companies to understand various business models. His number one take-away was the same as his family’s philosophy: there is nothing more important than customer satisfaction. Garrett settled in San Diego and opened the Southern California branch of the business.