Some Bedbug tips from a news article:
"Bed bugs aren't a reflection of cleanliness, as they have been found in even the swankiest of accommodations."
"Get the bedding off the bed and put it in a plastic bag. And get it out of the house. Use the dryer. 100 degrees plus will kill the bugs."
"Bedbugs are virtually impossible to eliminate without the help of a professional. Bedbugs are often found in locations that make them difficult to detect. In addition to hiding on mattresses and box springs, their other favorite hiding spots include night stands, headboards, lamps, baseboards and even small openings in wallpaper. Pest control experts are trained in identifying these hiding spots and using highly specialized tools to treat bed bug infestations.
What tips can travelers use to protect themselves?
* Check headboards, mattresses and box springs for bedbugs and the dark blood spots they leave behind.
* Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture.
* Avoid unpacking clothing and storing them in the hotel's furniture drawers.
* Don't allow your baggage to sit on the floor. Store it on a luggage rack as far from the bed as possible.
* If you notice evidence of bedbugs, request another room or change hotels.
* When returning home, leave luggage in the garage or basement until you are able to thoroughly inspect it for bedbugs.
* Vacuum suitcases when returning from trips and immediately wash clothing in hot water.
What can homeowners do to protect themselves?
* Inspect vintage furniture, antiques, used appliances or consignment items for signs of bedbugs before purchasing or bringing into the home.
* Never pick up used mattresses or furniture left curbside.
* Inspect and wash (in warm water) previously-worn clothing that has been donated or purchased.
* Quarantine infested items. Moving them within the home can spread the problem.
* Use zippered encasements on infested mattresses and box springs.
* If you suspect you have bedbugs, have your home inspected by a trained professional. Bedbugs can not be controlled by over-the-counter treatments and will require the assistance of a pest control operator."
Does anyone have other tips for fighting bedbugs?