How bad is the bedbug problem?
Bedbug populations in the U.S. have increased by 500% in the past few years. Consider:
In 2004, New York City had 377 bedbug violations for the entire year. From July to November, 2005, a five-month span, there were 449 violations reported.
In a study of 700 hotel rooms between 2002 and 2006, 25% of hotels were in need of bedbug treatment.
Where are bedbugs found and how do I avoid them?
Favorite spots are along the seams of mattresses or box springs, behind headboards, or in other small, dark spaces.
To avoid bedbugs, check your hotel room before unpacking, especially along the seam of the mattress, between the mattress and box spring, and in cracked wallpaper near bed and furniture crevices.
Never put your suitcase on the floor, and if you are thinking about using the luggage rack in the room, check it thoroughly.
Once home, wash or dry clean your items immediately and check your suitcase for any signs that you have brought the bugs back with you.