It’s typical for a hotel room to offer complimentary soaps, razors, toothbrushes, and on special occasions that yummy chocolate mint on the pillow. What you don’t want coming home with you after a vacation or business trip is the former hotel guest that stayed before you – the bed bug.

  1. Bring a flashlight with you to get a closer look at the baseboards and other nooks and crannies of your room.
  2. Place your luggage, bags, purses on the floor or in the bathroom. Not on the bed until you’ve finished your inspection.
  3. Start with the mattress. Lift up the sheet and mattress pad and direct your flashlight to the four corners of the bed.
  4. Check out the luggage rack and follow up with other carpeted materials surrounding the bed, including the space   between the headboard and the wall.
  5. Bring or request a plastic bag to keep dirty clothes in and keep them separated from your clean clothes. Immediately launder clothes as bed bugs are attracted to dirt, sweat, and sloughed skin cells.
  6. When you return home, wipe down shoes with a wet cloth dampened with hot water.
  7. Vacuum out your suitcase when you are done using it and place in a dry storage area.