Bed bug tips for travelers

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises travelers to take some simple precautions to avoid the most unwanted holiday present — an encounter with bed bugs.

Here are tips for travelers from NPMA:

•Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking. Don’t put luggage on the bed.
•Pull back bed sheets and inspect mattress seams, particularly the corners, for telltale brownish or reddish spots. Bed bugs can also be found in box springs and behind baseboards, electrical switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper, in upholstery and furniture.
•If changing rooms within the same hotel, ensure the new room is not adjacent to the possibly infested room.
•If staying at a residence, inform the homeowner immediately of a suspected bed bug problem.
•Use a large plastic bag to store luggage.
•Upon returning home, inspect and vacuum suitcases before bringing them into the house.
•Wash all clothes — whether worn or not — in hot water or take them to a dry cleaner.
•If you suspect an infestation in your own home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect the property.

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