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.
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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