The winter blues hit us hard every year, and many of us want to get away to a warm, tropical climate to break up the cold winter. This is a great idea, but remember, there is always a risk of bedbugs. These tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) will help keep you bedbug free!

Some Common Signs of Bed Bugs Include:

  • Pepper-like stains on fabric-covered items
  • Molted bed bug skins
  • The bugs themselves in various life stages
  • White eggs and empty egg casings

All travelers should thoroughly inspect the room for the presence of these bed bug indicators upon arriving at their intended destination. This includes pulling back the bed sheets to examine the mattress seams, checking behind the headboard and looking in furniture crevices. A small flashlight can help aide in this investigation. If a bed bug infestation is suspected, guests should immediately notify management or property owners, and request a new, non-adjacent room.

It’s also good practice for travelers to vacuum their luggage and wash and dry all clothes – even those that have not been warn – on high heat when returning home.

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