Guests may bring bed bugs into the hotel or other accommodation on their belongings. There is little that the accommodation keeper 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 establishment, even one that is clean and well run, it is possible for a few bed bugs to be in a room. You may not notice them, but one or two of them may try to take a ride to your house.
If you bring one or two 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 is probably 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.
Current as of: March 15, 2018
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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