Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite – How To Avoid This Unwanted Guest In Your Hotel Bed
Lots of factors can throw you otherwise perfect vacation offtrack: uncooperative weather, food poisoning and missing a flight are a few common examples. What people rarely think about or prepare for is the possibility that they may end up sharing their hotel bed with an uninvited and most unwanted guest – bed bugs!
While home in Toronto, you get news reports about local breakouts and infestations, so you can be on high alert. However, once you venture outside of your local area, you have no idea what you could be walking into.
Even if an area is not suffering an epidemic per se, all it really takes is one other traveler to introduce bed bugs and end up leaving you stuck in a room that is hosting them. Unfortunately, you may not even realize it until you get home and see visible signs, as well as realize you have carried the problem home with you, like a terrible souvenir. The trick is to learn more about how to avoid this issue and be astute so you can spot possible signs of bed bugs, before checking in for the night.
Become a Wise Traveler
For one thing, for get the notion that luxury results in a guarantee of no pests, including bed bugs. Bed bugs can show up in any type of setting, no matter how posh. In order to reduce the likelihood of you ending up with this type of problem, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Before you even settle in and get cozy, inspect your mattress including seams and any zippers. However, don't stop there. It is easier to take the time needed to give your mattress a good visual inspection, before finding out the hard way you are not alone in the room. Avoid putting your luggage or any other personal belongings on the bed, until you are satisfied with your scan and the results.
Don't forget to check places like the headboard. People commonly make the mistake of checking just the soft areas, like the mattress and bedding. However, check the area in general, including any surfaces and crevices near the bed.
You may not actually see a crawling insect, in fact that is often hard to spot. You can look for other visual clues such as blood smears. Another common indicator are bed bug eggs, which are white and small. Don't ignore this; make it a point to leave the room and report this matter to the front desk.
When changing rooms, make it a point to request that the new accommodations not be directly next to, above or below your previous room. Conduct a thorough inspection of the new space, and remain diligent. If you find yet another room potentially infested with bed bugs, it would be a good idea to try to change to other lodging altogether.
What About at Home?
When back home and in need of help with a bed bug problem, the name to trust is Bed Bug Authority Canada. In fact, while on holiday, if you find that you may have come into contact with bed bugs, have your home inspected upon return. The quicker that you can catch the problem, the easier it will be to take care of the issue and minimize the damage.
The methods that we use are safe, for you and your pets, but not so much for the bed bugs. Not to mention, above all else, they are effective which means your problem can be resolved in a prompt and professional manner. We take great pride in the work that we do and that is obvious from the results that we are able to deliver for each of our clients, every single time. Don't hesitate, when it comes to bed bugs. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will be.