Traveling and Bedbugs

Traveling and BedbugsI’ve done a good amount of traveling and have never once come across bedbugs. I would like to say I am lucky.

Even though I have never come across them, I still look for them every time we go on vacation just in case we need to switch hotel rooms.

If I feel one itch while I am in a hotel room, I usually start looking around a little bit more harder just in case I missed something the first time around. Luckily, I have always been wrong!

Here are different things to think about when trying to avoid bedbugs on your next vacation.

What is a bedbug?

Many people don’t know what a bedbug is. A bedbug is a small bug that sort of look like a tick. They are very small and are usually a dark red, almost brownish color. They live in mattresses and furniture (such as a couch) and bite people and animals.

Where can bedbugs be found?

Bedbugs can be found in many places. They can be in your hotel room, in a motel, on a cruise ship, in a restaurant, in a home, a hospital, and more.

How much can a bedbug infestation cost?

Bedbug costs can vary widely. Usually the total fee is anywhere from $500 to $10,000. Yes, I have actually heard of people having such a bad bedbug problem that they have had to pay nearly $10,000 to get rid of them. That is why I always look for them when I travel. I don’t want to bring any home with me!

How do I look to see if there are bedbugs?

Check the furniture and mattresses. You will want to check any area where people often sit and/or sleep. Check under the sheets of a mattress and see if there is any blood or bugs.

Examine any bites. If you wake up with bites, then there might be bedbugs in the room.

How do I avoid bringing bedbugs home?

Like I said, I always do a simple search whenever I enter an accommodation room. They don’t take long and it you don’t have to destroy anything to check for bedbugs. However, even if you don’t see bedbugs, they might still be there. Here are some of the things you can do to avoid bringing bedbugs home:

  • First, check to see if there are bedbugs. See above. If there are bedbugs, leave immediately and ask for a room change.
  • Don’t put your suitcase under the bed. Many places (such as cruise ships) tell you to put your luggage under the bed to create more space. However, this is the number one thing you should not do if you don’t want to bring bedbugs home. This is because they can attach themselves to the suitcase.
  • Wash your clothes right when you get home. The first thing I do right when I get home is to wash my clothes. I throw everything into the washer that I can.

Have you ever come across a bedbug problem? What ended up happening?


Image via Flickr by Orin Zebest

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