Guests may bring bed bugs into the hotel, lodging, or other accommodation on their belongings. There is little that the management can do to prevent this. A well-run facility will have a bed bug protocol in place so that cleaning staff are on alert for signs of bed bugs.
In any hotel or lodging, even one that is clean and well-run, it's possible for a few bed bugs to be in a room. You may not notice them, but 1 or 2 of them may travel with you to your house.
There are things you can do before you leave and when you get home to protect your home:
If you do bring 1 or 2 bed bugs into your home, it will probably be a month or more before you notice them. Watch for signs of bed bugs when doing regular cleaning. It’s a good idea to inspect your bed for bed bugs every time you change your sheets just as part of your normal routine. If we all did this bed bugs would have a harder time getting established anywhere.
Bed bugs: Information for travellers
Current as of: July 6, 2022
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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