Traveller's Guide For Bed Bugs
September 03, 2020
Hotel Reviews & Research
This might seem obvious to many, however, to find explicit reviews that mention "bed bugs" is something people do not primarily look for when actually skimming through hotel reviews. Many people are incompetent when it comes to scrutiny and research. Follow the tips here to make sure you don't miss red flags and other detials about your hotel. Check third-party review sites and not just business listings on a search/map engine. When reading reviews begin with the worst scores given, not the best. Reading the worst reviews first will allow you to easily find any complaints of bed bugs efficiently. Also, to find reviews or comments with the words "bed bugs": perform a quick-find on your browser (usually activated with cmd+F or Ctrl+F keys), and search for the words "bed bug". Apart from reviews and review sites, you might want to look for opinions on blogs and different outlets on the web - so now you need a comprehensive, yet efficient search! Try this: most search engines allow you to perform detailed searches, so, with a query like: "bed bug" "[hotel name]" you will only find pages that have the word "bed bug" and "[hotel name]" mentioned. This will help you to find a large list of possible reviews, comments, social media posts, and other different text-based criticism on bed bugs at a specific hotel.
You can always make your queries more specific and powerful by searching for the words "bed bug" and "[hotel name]" on a specifc site. And, dont forget searching for video and audio criticism on hotels.
Upon arrival to your place-of-stay, be cautious with your luggage. The first thing you want to do is to inspect the room and bed to find obvious red flags. Perform a simple homeowner check and dont keep your luggage in the room just yet. If you need to do so, place your luggage in the bathtub while you make sure the room seems clean and un-infested. This will decrease the likelihood of gettinf bed bugs hidden in the zipper folds and other parts of your luggage bags, and also it decreases the likelihood of you bringing the bugs from an infested room to an un-infested room in the case of the hotel compensating you with a different room.
If You Are Not Staying At A Hotel
If you plan to stay at a shared property or as a guest in someone else's home, then, you can still place your luggage in a safe place (like the garage), and do a quick inspection, privately, while you are getting settled. Check the bedsheets, and their elastic edges, and also the headboard. Having a trustworthy and tidy host will help reduce the chances of being in an infested house. You can further prevent any chance of returning home with bed bugs by following the tips below.
Returning Home Bed Bug Free
Before leaving the hotel (or other place of stay), pack the clothes in to plastic bags before putting them in your suitcase. Upon returning home, it is a good idea to keep the luggage in the garage and inspect your belongings before putting them in the house. Inspect your clothes and put all of them through a cycle of washing and drying. Lastly, it is best if you do not bring the suitcase (once you have take out all the clothes from it) from the garage in to the bedroom. Instead, tighten a heavy-duty plastic bag around it and store it in the garage until your next travel.
Repeat all of these steps (and other tips you may already know) to have both a bed bug free trip and return.