In our last blog, we began talking about some of the ways in which you can avoid getting bed bugs when staying at hotels. Now you know that you should put your luggage in the bathroom until you inspect the room, and what to look for when you’re inspecting it. Today we’re going to look at a few more tips so that you don’t need to call your bed bug treatment company in Pittsburgh, PA when you get back home from your travels!
- Keep luggage off the ground! Leaving suitcases and bags on the floor—or on a second spare bed—may be one way to bring home an unwanted souvenir. Bedbugs can travel from room to room, so even if initially you don’t have them, they could be in the room next to yours and they may come looking for meal sources! For the duration of your trip, keep your bags on the desktop, on top of the dresser, or on a luggage rack in the room.
- If you can, wrap your suitcases in plastic. For extra protection, keep your suitcase encased in plastic during your trip, says Henriksen. Storage and luggage retailers also sell zip-up bags specifically for this purpose. This precaution can protect your belongings not only in your hotel room, but also in transit; bedbugs can also hide in airplanes, trains, and taxis.
- Teach your children about hotel protocol. Tell your children why you’re inspecting the hotel room and what you’re looking for.
- If you notice any suspicious behavior, asked to be moved at least 2 floors away from the initial room.