Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite!

Winter 2011 CSANews Issue 77  |  Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.Back to list

Bedbug infestations are becoming more common in North America, particularly in places with higher rates of human traffic, such as hotels and shopping centres. When travelling this winter, take the proper precautions to prevent picking up and bringing bedbugs with you to your destination.
  • Know what to look for - bedbugs are small, round and dark in colour. They resemble apple seeds in size and appearance. They usually bite in horizontal rows of three, which can turn into itchy, red, raised welts.
  • When staying in a hotel, inspect the room and furniture; inspect all cracks and crevices of the mattress and box spring, and look for blood spots or live insects. 
  • Request a different room if you find evidence of bedbugs.
  • Protect your luggage - keep all belongings in your luggage and store on a high shelf or off the floor.
  • Protect the bed - move the bed away from the wall, tuck in all bedsheets and keep blankets from touching the floor.
  • Upon returning home - keep your luggage in an isolated area of your home, such as the garage. Inspect the luggage. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to bedbugs, wash all of your clothes in the hottest water possible and put them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.