Summer vacation season is almost over! Kids have (mostly) returned from camp, families are getting in their last weekend road trips and stopping in hotels and motels on their way to famous landmarks, and bed bugs are on the move!
You can find bed bugs anywhere, in the cheapest motel or a 5-star luxury resort, but they can only stow away with you if you are not careful. Here is a video from PestWorld.org about how to inspect your lovely hotel room and make sure there is nothing lurking and waiting to bite!
Here is a video from the University of Maine showing how to inspect your hotel room for signs of bed bug infestation:
Careful inspection can protect you when pricetags cannot! Here are some more tips for staying away from home on vacation:
Don’t put your luggage down on the carpeting until after you have inspected the room, Leave it in the hallway or put it in the bathroom.
Check the mattress, head and footboard and upholstered furniture for any sign.
If you find signs of bed bugs and ask for another room, make sure it is not a room adjacent, directly above or directly below the infested room.
We hope that all your travels this summer so far have been safe, fun and bed bug free! Have fun getting ready for fall!
Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!