Practicing Bedbug Awareness
August 9, 2006 11:02 AM Subscribe
What are some practical measures for minimizing bedbug exposure during domestic (US) hotel stays?
posted by macinchik to travel & transportation (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Having read all the posts here about what a problem bedbugs are becoming, I would like to do what I can to keep from bringing them home after staying in a hotel.
Things I can think of to do are:
-rip sheets and blankets off of bed and inspect mattress and headboards for rust stains and other signs of a bed bug presence. only introduce luggage into room if this search comes up negative
-keep luggage and all clothes in the bathtub, a place that bedbugs might eschew in favor of locations closer to the bed
-instead of using luggage, use plastic or paper bags which can be disposed of before coming back home, and then wash all clothes with hot water and bleach
I realize I am being a little apocalyptic here but from what I've heard these things are the very devil to get rid of, once installed in a residence.
Does anyone have any other suggestions?