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Traveling? Beware of bed bugs

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If you’re getting ready to set out on a trip that involves overnight stay, it’s important to note that

a survey by the National Pest Management Association revealed that 75 percent of pest control professionals admitted they have found bed bug infestations in hotels and motels.

So before you pack your bags, take note of a few tips from the NPMA that can help you avoid bringing your own little bed bug infestation home with you.

Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. If it looks curious to you, notify hotel management and either switch rooms immediately or check out.

Always inspect the entire room, including behind the headboard and in sofas and chairs, before you open a suitcase. If you find bed bugs, again, either change rooms or check out. Take note that if you change rooms, do not move into a room that’s adjacent to or directly above or below the infested room. be sure that you do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can travel via housekeeping carts, luggage and through wall sockets, says NPMA.

You can keep any buggy intruders from hitching a ride on your suitcase by placing it in a plastic trash bag or protective cover throughout your trip.

When you get home check out all suitcases thoroughly before you take them inside the house, then vacuum them before you put them away for the next trip. You can use a small hand-held garment steamer that will kill bed bugs and their eggs. Then launder all clothing from the suitcase - even clean clothing - in hot water to kill any bed bugs that you may have missed. If you don’t, you risk infesting your closets and drawers, adds NPMA.

Visit a Verlo Mattress showroom in McHenry, Crystal Lake & Lake Geneva.

Call 800.224.VERLO or visit Verlo Mattress Factory

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