Don't be bugged on vacation: How to inspect your hotel room for bed bugs
Written by Amanda Jenkins
We have all been there. We plan a wonderful vacation to a theme park. We anticipate spending all of our waking moments enjoying the rides, shows, and dining. Most of us even think that our hotel room is nothing more than a place to clean up and faint after a long day and evening of fun. But there could be something in your room that can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. That something is bugs.
They are out there, and sadly are becoming more of a problem in hotels across the country. Even our so-called "nice" hotels are having some discoveries of the creepy, crawly type.
You're looking for (and, we hope you will not find) this. A real bed bug's about the size of a head of a pin. File photo via Wikimedia Commons.
After reading all the articles and watching the news programs, my husband and I became very frightened of bed bugs. Before traveling now, we make sure to carry something that can make all of these worries go away. A LED flashlight. You can buy these mini flashlights at your local store for around $5.00. This little tool can help save you a lot of headache and scratching in the end. There are a few simple steps to take to ensure that you, your family, and your luggage do not become infested.
First off, do not bring your luggage into your room before you have checked your beds. This is highly important, because if there are bedbugs, they will get into your luggage, and thus follow you home. Keep your luggage either in your car, or if using Disney's Magical Express, ask the concierge to hold your luggage until you call for it. While vacationing in Walt Disney World at the All-Star Sports Resort, we discovered some bugs in our bed. We were not certain if they were a type of bed bug, since they were more gray than the usual reddish brown. While Disney inspected them, they told us that they would take all of our luggage to be treated if the bugs were bed bugs. If you do not want your luggage and items to be taken for a time for treatment, or the chance of some unwanted souvenirs then do not let your luggage into your room.
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