When making a hotel reservation, most of us focus on smoking or non-smoking, bed size, and amenities. Not many of us think about bed bugs, but we should.
These small, oval insects live on the blood of humans and animals. Adults are brown and about the size of an apple seed and easy to see. After feeding they turn to a more reddish color and leave behind an itchy rash.
A new report lists the top cities with the worst bed bug infestation.
Top 10 Cities
Orkin releases a list of the worst cities for bed bug infestations each year. This year, Chicago takes the top honors…or dishonor. According to Orkin, bed bug infestations are up 32% over last year.
Here are the top 10 worst cities for bed bug infestations.
- Los Angeles
- Columbus, Ohio
- Washington, D.C.
- Dallas/Ft. Worth
- New York City
Signs of Bedbugs
To be safe, when traveling, there are telltale signs of bedbugs you can look for when you check into your hotel room. The first thing to do is peel back the sheets and run your fingers along the seams of the mattress.
Obvious signs of bed bug infestation include:
- Tiny black specks (excrement)
- Translucent light-brown skins
- Live bugs
If you find signs of bed bugs, inform hotel management and request another room. Unfortunately, you’ll have to go through the same process again.
Check Your Suitcase
If you’ve been in a room infested with bedbugs, even for a short time, be sure to check your luggage carefully. While bedbugs don’t fly, they can move quickly and may hitch a ride on your suitcase.
Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs the size of a speck of dust and can produces as many as 2-3 generations in just a month. They are not something you want to bring home with you.