Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
If you’ve been reading the news at all in the last couple of weeks, you know that bed bugs have been making a comeback again. Do you travel? If so, you need to know how to check for them in your room. These are souvenirs you want to bring home.
Here’s the unfortunate truth, these infestations are not going away anytime soon and according to the article from Reshareworthy, ” a study conducted by Bed Bug registry found a 44% increase in bedbugs at NYC hotels for January 2016 when compared to the same time last year, even at 5-star hotels.” Even exterminators have seen a 300% increase in business! Yuck.
Jim Dill, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, explains what you want to do as soon as you enter your hotel/motel room: “Do not put your luggage on the bed or luggage rack like the majority of people do. These are the places where bedbugs are most commonly found. Instead, put your bags in the bathtub or shower until you’ve had a chance to inspect the room. Next, he says you should examine the bed’s backboards, the piping of the mattress and inside the bed’s nightstand. As gross as it sounds, you should also check for small bloodspots and black sand-like spots (that’s their fecal matter) on the mattress or mattress pad.”
Remember, bugs don’t discriminate! Have a plan and be prepared as you travel during the upcoming Spring Break season!