Bed bugs are one souvenir you don't want to bring home from a vacation. Adam Greenberg, President of USBedBugs.com gives Cindy Decker of The Columbus Dispatch some tips on how protect yourself from bed bugs while traveling. Full Article
Before you travel
• Check your lodging on sites such as www.tripadvisor.com or http://www.bedbugregistry.com. Keep in mind that one posting doesn't mean the hotel is rife with bugs, but multiple postings could indicate a problem.
• Before unpacking in a hotel room, look for signs of bedbugs. Leave your luggage in the hall while you check. Use an LED flashlight and magnifying glass.
• Check screw holes and crevices in the headboard.
• Use hard-sided luggage, not cloth.
• Keep your luggage on the racks, not on the floor or on an extra bed.
• Don't unpack your clothes into the hotel drawers.
When you return home
• Remove clothing and anything else that could harbor a bedbug and launder it in hot water or have it professionally cleaned.
• Store your luggage in the garage, not in your bedroom closet.
• After unpacking, vacuum the house well to remove any bedbugs that might have attached to your shoes or other items. Discard the bag.