Five Tips to Avoid Hotel Bedbugs

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"Whatever you do, don't put your suitcase on the bed. Don't put it on any upholstered item," she said. "We talk about bedbugs. But they really aren't just in the bed. They can be anywhere. They can be in the chairs, sofa, anything with fabric."

Inspect the Room: Now that your luggage is safe, take a look at the room.

"Pull back the bed linens and inspect the seams of the mattress for signs of bugs," Brown said.

That includes looking at the mattress, dust ruffle and any other item with fabric.

Look for little blood stains or other specks which could be the bugs shedding their skin or feces.

Tips for Avoiding Hotel Bedbugs

If you find any signs, tell the hotel's management immediately and request another room. If you still aren't satisfied with the new room, request a refund and try to find another place to stay.

Protect Your Luggage: Wrap your luggage in a large plastic bag when traveling or spray your suitcase with an insect repellent. Banas says your bags could be next to an infested suitcase in the cargo hold or overhead bin of an airplane. And yes, the bugs can make it from one adjacent bag to another.

Deep Clean Back Home: When returning from a trip, check your luggage and clothing. Vacuum your suitcases at home in case they became contaminated with the pests. And then immediately launder any item from your travels. There are many souvenirs you want to bring home from your travels. Bedbugs are not one of them.

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