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Bed Bugs Spotted at the Ritz Carlton Hotel

The Ritz Carlton recently had to deal with a guest complaining about bedbugs. While the manager has assured news personnel that the infestation has been taken care of, this report brings to light the consistent problem of bed bug infestations. Travelers bring bed bugs with them, whether they travel in a tent or a 5-star hotel, that’s the simple reality.

Hotel management and travelers alike should be careful to take the appropriate measures to prevent bed bug infestations in hotels.

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Bed Bug Registry Reports Bed Bug Infestations

Make sure you don’t find yourself checking into an infested with bed bugs hotel by using a bed bug registry. Before checking into a new hotel, or taking a cruise it is essential you do your research. “Bed bug travel” has become a very common term as the two – bed bugs and travel – have become deeply linked especially over the past year.

bed bugs usaBed bug reports have almost tripled in the past year, which may be due to an increased resistance to insecticides, (Read more about bed bug resistance here), so it has become even more important to keep track of these new bug infestations. A bed bug registry, depending on how good it is, will provide a list of recent bed bug reports. Bedbugregistry.com is one example of these kind of registries – it is a database of bed bug reports from users across the United States and Canada.
According to this registry, as well as many others, bed bugs are a big problem! They are a problem that could easily be prevented with the proper caution, but due their new resistance are becoming harder to get rid of.

Tips for avoiding bed bugs while traveling:
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  1. Before booking a hotel, look up if any bed bug sightings have been reported on a bed bug registry.
  2. Find out what bed bugs look like and learn how to check a hotel room for bed bugs.
  3. When packing, pack all clothing in anti-bedbug luggage liners and bring along your own bedbug-proof pillow case and anti-bedbug laundry bag. Don’t forget to also bring a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs in the hotel room.
  4. Try not to leave your luggage on the bed or floor and keep all clothes not being used sealed in anti-bed bug luggage liners or the anti-bedbug laundry bag.
  5. Before checking out, recheck your belongings and the hotel room for bed bugs so that you don’t bring any bed bugs back home with you.

Where do bed bugs come from?

Bed bugs across the world have people asking the question – Where do they come from? Everyone wants to know where these critters originate and how to eliminate them. Bedbug.com provides some answers to this question and many more bed bug mysteries.

So, where do Bed Bugs Come From?

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  • Bed bugs reside in temperate zones across the world.
  • Bed bug infestations have increased due to an increase in international travel, and avaliable hosts.
  • Due to the elimination of powerful pesticides, such as DDT, in the 1950’s, bed bugs have been able to rebuild thier populations.
  • Recent research indicates that bedbugs have become more resilient to recent methods of killing bed bugs.
  • Common locations for bed bug infestation are in hotels, apartments, dorm rooms, hostels, cruise ships, hospitals, and moving vans. However, bed bugs can reside anywhere and survive for months without a single blood meal!

 Where do bed bugs hide in your home?

  • Bed bugs hide during the day, and do most of thier feeding at night.
  • Bed bugs typically hide nears beds; in mattresses, box springs and headboards. This is where the bed bugs can typically feed for longest while you sleep.
  • Bed bugs are typically transported though luggage, bedding, clothing and used furniture.

How Can I Protect A Bed or Luggage from Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs Bite Vacationers to Hawaii

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Waikiki  – Bed bugs have made thier way to the vacation hot spot of Waikiki, ruining a vacation for one New Jersey family. The family states that they found bed bugs as well as bed bug fecal stains on thier at the Waikiki Sunset hotel mattresses.

Bed bugs are said to have spread via worldwide travel, and here is one traumatic example of such a bed bug infestation. The family was immidiately moved to a new floor and compensated for thier stay, but claim that they are still suffering bedbug anxiety, and are unable to sleep through the night.

Bed bugs seem to be making a true comeback in Hawaii and may hitch rides to and from this tropical location through increased travel thoughout the US and the world. In fact in 2010, “a professional exterminator told Hawaii News Now his company was responding to three or four bed bug infestations a week on Oahu,” both in homes, hotels or even restaurants.

This reinforces the need to check your hotel for bed bugs and invest in bedbug travel protection prior to planning your next family vacation.