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How to avoid bedbugs when traveling

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Whether you’ll soon be traveling for business, pleasure, or those holidays that aren’t that far away, you’ll likely be sleeping in a bed other than your own. They’re on the rise, and they love to hang out anywhere people sleep, like hotels and motels. And we’re not talking cheap or dirty hotels.

Some people can develop body aches, fever, headaches, tiredness and a runny nose in reaction to the saliva from bedbug bites. Most suffer redness, swelling and itching.

Avoiding bed bugs means always checking your room no matter how fabulous the accommodations, including the guest bedrooms of family or friends. Bedbugs are wingless and approximately inch long, with flat, oval-shaped bodies that look like apple seeds. They are usually brown, but turn reddish after feeding on human blood.

Before you begin your search, however, put your luggage in the bathroom, preferably in the tub, since that’s the least likely place for them to go.

Bedbugs hide everywhere within a few feet of the bed, so look at the headboard, the mattress piping, the mattress itself for blood spots or black dots that look like mold or black pepper. Next, search the nightstand and drawers, and anywhere else near the bed, such as the luggage rack, picture frames, lamps, etc.

Checking for bedbugs not only minimizes a health risk, it also minimizes the risk of infesting your own home, since it’s easy to inadvertently bring these pests home with you in your luggage. Ridding your home of them can be time-consuming and expensive – whether you employ DIY methods or call an exterminator.

A mattress protector that encases your mattress is a great way to protect your investment should you ever bring these unwanted guests home with you.

Visit a Verlo Mattress showroom in McHenry, Crystal Lake & Lake Geneva : 800.224.VERLO : Verlo Mattress Factory

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