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EAU CLAIRE, WI

DECEMBER 30TH, 2014

Christmas may be over, but the travel rush continues. A lot of people are packing their bags for New Year’s Eve or a holiday get away.

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According to AAA, 95 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this period and that brings up an uncomfortable topic. Do you know what you’re bringing back with you?

Bed bug infestations peak during key travel times like this. Whether visiting relatives, a five-star hotel, or any popular attraction like a movie theatre, travelers need to watch for the warning signs.

If the thought puts a shiver up your spine, pest control expert Shane McCoy with Wil-Kil says you can take preventative steps.

“Prior to booking a hotel, you can check online for any reports of infestations,” McCoy explained.

How you pack also matters too. McCoy recommends putting all clothing in anti-bed bug luggage liners and packing a small flashlight so you can perform quick inspections upon hotel arrival.

When you fly, be sure to personally inspect your seating area. Use a travel pillow with encasement, not the pillow provided by the airline, McCoy says.

Also, carefully inspect your luggage once you claim in from the carousel. Once you get to your destination, keep in mind you also need to be vigilant at hotels.

Check hotel bed sheets and mattress seams, particularly at the corners for unusual blood spots. Bed bugs are visible.

Don’t place your suitcase on hotel floors of the hotel bed. The safest place is in the bathroom or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. If you notice bed bugs in your room immediately notify management and request a room change.