Bed bugs are here in North America and they are going no where. So if you and your family are going to travel, check out these recommendations for keeping the bed bugs in Vancouver away:
Check for Complaints
Before you book any hotel, go online and check for bed bug complaints from other travelers. Yes, there are actual sites just for bed bug sightings such as the Bedbug Registry. Just keep in mind that researching a property before your trip won’t guarantee you a pest-free stay since many infestations go unreported.
Inspect the Room
Once you get your room key and enter your room, it’s time to get to work. At a minimum, you should inspect the mattress (you’ll need to remove the sheets and carefully check the seams), headboard and side tables by the bed. If there’s a sofa bed, you’ll need to open that up too. You’re looking for everything from live bed bugs and their eggs to blood spots and fecal matter.
If you happen to notice a white powder residue in the drawers or around the circumference of the room, chances are the hotel has recently treated for bed bugs. For more information on bed bugs, check out our comprehensive guide on bed bugs. Learn more about how to prevent bed bug bites and protect your belongings during your stay here.
Keep Luggage Away from the Bed
The biggest mistake you can make is to lay your suitcase on the bed and start unpacking your clothes. In fact, you don’t even want to store your bag on the floor. Instead, use the luggage stand. Just make sure to inspect the wooden legs and cloth straps before doing so.
Cautious travelers will even keep their suitcases in the bathroom or the tub, if possible, since bed bugs don’t tend to sleep in the bathroom.
Use Plastic Bags for Laundry
Anything you wear in the hotel room, especially your pajamas, could come in contact with bed bugs. The smartest thing to do is to place all of your dirty laundry in a sealed plastic bag so it doesn’t contaminate your other clothing or your suitcase.
Once you get home, you should wash and dry, on a hot cycle, all of your dirty laundry. For your clean clothing, you can skip the washer and just pop it in the drier.
This list seems a bit extreme but as the old saying goes “prevention is the best cure”. The worst case scenario is you have brought home bed bugs. If that is the case, give us a call. We will eliminate your bed bug problem.
Learn more about what could be lurking in your laundry basket here.
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