Sleep Tight, Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite!

September 6, 2010 | By | Reply More
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I don’t know about you, but the recent reports of increased bed bug activity in major hotels throughout the world has got me completely creeped out.  And it will apparently take way more than prayer to keep you safe from itchy bed bug bites.  Just a few days ago the EPA announced that bed bug activity in the United States is at a 50 year high.  Pity the poor business traveler who is scheduled to visit Ohio, one of the most infested locations in the country.  Officials still can’t figure out why bed bugs seem to love mid-west locations.    One thing is clear however, from big cities like New York, to small towns, all hotel properties are concerned about battling these nasty blood sucking pests.

So what can YOU do to protect yourself?  Right after searching for hotel prices,  visit the Bed Bug Registry to see which hotels in the city you will be visiting have experienced recent bed bug activity. This site does a great job in listing both hotels and apartment buildings that have had reported bed bug activity.  Unfortunately, there is very little you can do to protect yourself from bed bug bites once they are present.  It seems insect repellent and travel sheet sacks give little protection from bites.  The only bit of good news is that these persistent pests do not spread disease, but they do cause extreme itchiness, swelling and discomfort.  As a precaution, NEVER put your suitcase on the bed – use the folding luggage stand whenever you can.  If you do experience bed bug bites, seal all your clothes inside zip lock bags and wash them all in very hot water as soon as you return home.  Let’s all hope the bed bug sniffing beagles will ferret out any pests long before you arrive at your next hotel!

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