Nichole Hannahs

Avoid Taking Home Unwanted Souvenirs

by Nichole Hannahs on June 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

Going on vacation should be an enjoyable time for most people.

But, there could be a problem lurking under mattresses and other furniture in hotel rooms. The Muskingum County Health Department said there’s been a rise in bedbug complaints mostly due to increased travel and regulation of pesticides that controlled the pests in the past. To make sure you don’t bring home an unwanted souvenir from your trip there are some things you can do.

"Isolate your belongings, your luggage from the area of the bed," said Health Department Sanitarian Matt Hemmer. "Sometimes people will even leave them in the bathtub and then inspect the room before bringing them in. Isolation is the key to keeping bedbugs from coming home with you."

To inspect the room Hemmer said to focus on the bed itself around the mattress and its seams, also check the box spring and furniture nearby. Bedbugs are about the size and color of an appleseed. Hemmer explained why beds and couches are ideal places for the bugs.

"Where we spend a lot of time is where you’re more likely to find them because when we’re resting for a period of time that is when they will become active and look for a meal."

Hemmer said if you see evidence of bedbugs in your hotel contact management immediately. Hemmer also said to check hotel reviews online to see if you’re staying in a place that has suffered from these pests.