Though bed bugs were nearly eradicated after World War II, these unfortunate creepy crawlies are making a comeback in a big way. Bed bugs tend to get from one place to another by hitching a ride on a host. For this reason, high traffic areas like airports, cabs, and hotels can be prone to infestations. To ensure that your next Atlanta vacation is bed bug free, be sure to visit a reputable Atlanta area hotel and follow these preventative tips:
Bring Sealable Plastic Bags
Packing strategically can greatly reduce your chances of stowing away bed bugs. To begin with, opt for a hard-shelled suitcase over a duffel bag or backpack. With fewer folds and seams for bed bugs to hide in, your hard-shelled suitcase is significantly less appealing for infestations. Inside your suitcase, pack your personal items – clothes, toiletries, etc. – in sealable, bed-bug-proof plastic bags.
Once at your destination, do not leave your suitcase on the floor or furniture. Instead, place your suitcase on a luggage stand or in the bathroom. Hang all of your clothing and avoid leaving items on the bed or room furniture. If your clothing does not need to be hung, leave it packed in the plastic bags and open them only when you need something. For dirty clothing, purchase a bed-bug-proof laundry bag.
Inspect Your Belongings
When you get home, carefully inspect your suitcase’s nooks and crannies, paying special attention to lining, seams, and inner pockets for any unwelcome stowaways. Then, vacuum or steam clean your luggage before putting it away. To kill any undetected bugs, wash all of your laundry, including unworn items, on a high heat setting and dry for at least 30 minutes.
If you are traveling in the Atlanta area, book your stay at The University Inn at Emory. Conveniently located near Emory University, The University Inn offers a pet-friendly facility, friendly service, and top-notch amenities. Contact us today at (404) 465-3549 to book your visit.