Whether you’re looking to enjoy a staycation, or a weekend getaway at a hotel, some luxury spots may not be as clean as they appear.
These small, reddish-brown insects, called bedbugs, can follow you home by hiding in your luggage and clothing.
So it’s important for consumers to beware of bedbugs while on vacation.
Here are five steps that will help you avoid a bedbug encounter during your vacation, according to Consumer Reports:
When you arrive at your hotel room, put your luggage in the bathroom, which is an unlikely place for bedbugs to hide.
Pull back the covers and double-check the mattress and box-spring seams for bedbugs. Don’t forget to check the head of the bed. Note: Nymphs and eggs are also visible to the naked eye.
Use a flashlight to check for bedbugs underneath the mattress.
Make sure to pack large, plastic trash bags and keep your luggage in them during your stay. Keep your belongings on a luggage rack, or hard surface.
Washing your clothes doesn’t usually kill bedbugs. When you get home, make sure to place clothes in the dryer for 30 minutes to kill any potential bugs. Lastly, store your emptied luggage in the garage, the basement, or hot attic. Temperatures above 120 degrees kill bedbugs, according to Consumer Reports.
If you find any signs of bedbugs in your hotel room, make sure you immediately ask for a new room in another part of the hotel.
For more information, visit consumerreports.org.
This report contains information from Consumer Reports.