The last thing you want to bring home from your family vacation is a suitcase full of bed bugs. You may not realize it but if you stay in a hotel that has a bed bug infestation it is very possible for you to come home with some in your luggage. This does not mean that you have to load yourself or your luggage down with a ton of bug spray. There are several natural ways that you can avoid having this happening to you and your family during summer vacation.
1. Watch where you put your luggage
When it comes to your luggage there are several places that you will want to avoid putting it when inside of your hotel room. Never put your luggage on the bed. This is typically the spot where bed bug’s thrive so you do not want to put any suitcase or bag onto the bed’s. Especially before you have inspected the mattress. Also avoid putting your clothes inside the closets, or the dresser. Instead keep your clothes in your suitcase and only take your items out as needed. You can place the luggage on top of the dress as long as it is not near the bed.
2. What bed bugs don’t like
There is a scent that bed bugs are not drawn too. That scent comes from cedar wood chips. You can place a few bags inside of your luggage. That should be enough to keep the bed bugs away, from your luggage.
3. Give your room an inspection
When you first enter your hotel room, give it a once over for any sign of bed bugs. This means checking the top and bottom of your mattress, the sofa if you have one, and also the back of the head board on the bed. That’s right they can hide just about anywhere. Even check the carpet in the room to see if you see any signs of the bugs. Small black dots may not look like much, but they can in fact be bed bug droppings or the bed bugs themselves. Dont’ forget the box spring on the bed as well, and even in the sheets.
4. Bag Everything
It may seem a little weird to put your suitcase inside of a giant plastic bag or even your shoes, but when you are able to avoid taking home any bed bugs you will be happy you did so. It may take a bit of time, but it is really worth the effort to protect yourself and your family. They sell special bags that are large enough to protect and store your items. These bags are bug proof so if there are any bed bugs in the room, they will not find their way into your luggage. When you arrive home you will want to thoroughly wash your clothes in very hot water, and vacuum your shoes and suitcase, before you bring it in the house. Yes, it’s a lot of extra work but trust me when I tell you it’s worth it.
5. Do your homework before booking
When it comes to choosing a hotel, don’t just pick anything. Take the time to read through the reviews. Don’t focus so much on the positive reviews, instead go straight to the negative reviews. Even if the reviews are a few years old you will want to take the time to check them out. If they say anything about bed begs cross that location off your list. Even if you see a response from management saying they no longer have a bed bug problem don’t believe it. Better to be safe than sorry.