Consumer Reports: Don't bring bed bugs home from spring break

EMBED </>More News Videos

The sight of bed bugs is enough to put a damper on your vacation. (WLS)

The sight of bed bugs is enough to put a damper on your vacation. But the bites can cause a variety of symptoms from secondary skin infections to allergic reactions and in rare cases anaphylaxis, which can impair breathing and require a trip to the ER.

With spring break coming up the experts at Consumer Reports share some tips to keep the bed bugs away during your next hotel stay.

Consumer reviews on sites like TripAdvisor have some real horror stories. Consumer Reports said you can avoid these headlines on your next vacation.

"Some simple steps when you check in can help avoid hassles and expenses when you check out," said Dan DiClerico, Consumer Reports.

It might sound extreme, but to be safe, put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you enter the hotel room.

"Bed bugs prefer anything dark and creviced that they can hide in like bedding, seams of fabric, furniture, even inside walls so the bathroom is usually a the safe zone while you search the room for signs of critters," DiClerico said.

Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust colored spots and exoskeletons - the casings the bugs leave behind. Don't forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.

Be sure to lift and check under the mattress, too. While this room was clear it's important to take action if you do find anything suspicious.

"If you find any signs of bed bugs alert the manager immediately and ask for a new room in a different part of the hotel. Infestations can spread from wall to wall," DiClerico said.

Even if your room is clear, Consumer Reports said it's a good idea to keep your luggage and clothes on off the floor on a hard surface or luggage rack, clear of any potential bed bug zones.

Consumer Reports said when you get home throw all of your clothes into a hot dryer for 30 minutes and store your empty luggage in your basement, garage or a hot attic.

All Consumer Reports Material Copyright 2017. Consumers Union of U.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Consumer Reports is a not for profit organization which accepts no advertising. It has no commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site. For more information visit
Related Topics:
healthbedbugsconsumer reports

Load Comments