Maybe your parents used to tell you before going to bed: “Sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite”

However, this line might not be so amusing if you are experiencing a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs were thought to have been eradicated about 70 years ago, but the poison used to kill them, DDT, was banned due to its serious health effects. After that time, bed bugs have been making a comeback, and they are notoriously hard to get rid of.

When travelling it is wise to take precautions so as to not bring home bed bugs. Whenever you stay in a hotel, your first thing to do should be to check for bed bugs. You can check in the thick seams around the mattress. If you take off the sheets and pull at the seam, you can get a clearer view. If there is a couch or sofa in the hotel room, you should check that as well. Don’t put down your luggage on the bed or couch before checking them, or you could pick some guests up for your trip home.

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