These are helpful preventive tips to protect yourself and give you peace of mind.

First thing to do to protect yourself from Bed Bugs

  • ​Do not panic or be anxious over traveling chances are you are traveling for business or pleasure keep that in mind and have fun. 
  • ​Realize most hotels have  preventative measures in place, these are tips to keep you Bed bug free in case the measures taken have failed.
  • Spending more money on a hotel room may increase your chances of not encountering Bed bugs but will not eliminate them.
  • Take 5 minutes before you book your hotel to read the reviews. {But remember anyone can leave a review so read carefully}
  • Call the hotel prior to check in and ask the hotel staff what preventive measures they take to deal with bed bug infestations. Most people find it easier to ask over the phone.

Protect your luggage when traveling

Spray your luggage with a Permethrin based insect repellant.  We have done experiments with live bed bugs with Permethrin based insect repellants such as Repel Permethrin clothing and gear insect repellant and the bed bugs will avoid it and go elsewhere. {Follow directions carefully Permethrin is for objects such as clothing, luggage, camping gear and should not be directly applied to your skin.}  You can wrap your luggage in something as inexpensive as a garbage bag or buy plastic bed bug luggage wraps made specifically for this keeping bed bugs out of your luggage.  Remember that protecting your luggage while traveling means more than in the hotel.  Bed bugs could be on some one else’s luggage and migrate to yours in a taxi, bus or airplane.

When you arrive at your hotel

  • Once you’ve checked in place your luggage on the metal luggage rack in the Bath Room. 
  • Bed bugs do not like ceramic tile and will avoid it when possible. 
  • Leave your luggage in the bathroom at night or when not in use.

How to check your room for signs of bed bugs

  • Pull the comforter back take the sheets off the corners of the bed and look for signs such bed bugs or black spots around the bed seams and under tags.
  • Check the mattress and box spring for bed bug signs as well. 
  • Always keep in mind they like to hide in inconspicuous places like the cracks of head boards.
  • Bed bugs will usually be within 20 feet of where someone sleeps but don’t forget to check the couches and chairs.
  • Bed bugs hide under the mesh of the bottom of couches and chairs and in the zipper seams.

What to do if you find some evidence of bed bug activity
Remain Calm take a breath.  Calmly approach the hotel staff with your concerns.  Keep in mind most likely the hotel had no idea there was a problem and it is not their fault. The last thing any hotel wants is Bed bugs if there is a problem it was brought to them by a guest who probably had no idea they had them. If there is in fact a problem the choice is yours to move to another facility or at least a few floors away from the infected room.
Remember most hotels have preventative measures in place.  It doesn’t matter what the room cost even high end luxury hotels have problems.