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Bed bugs

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Bed bugs

This article appeared in the Daily Telegraph (Sydney) today and should be of interest to visitors to Fiji some of whom in the past have encountered bed bugs.

"Before booking a room

• Read reviews carefully.

• Get in touch with the hotel directly and ask about their bed bug action plan. Good hotels should have one.

• If travelling to North America, check out the handy Bed Bug Registry at bedbugregistry.com.

How to check your room

• Leave your luggage in the bathroom while you scour the room. Bed bugs don't like tiles and there are fewer crevices in the bathroom.

• Adult bed bugs are oval, flat and reddish brown, but they're about half the size of your pinky fingernail.

• They hide in the cracks and crevices of mattresses, bedroom furniture, electrical appliances, carpets and curtains.

• As well as live or dead bugs, keep an eye out for their skins, eggs, droppings or blood droplets on the sheets.

• A sickly sweet smell in the room could be a sign of an infestation.

• If travelling with children, get them involved. Teach them what to look for and make a game of it.

What to do if you spot an infestation

• Hotel staff should be more than accommodating if there's a bed bug scare.

• Request a new room at least two floors away, and repeat the check (there's a chance the whole building is infested).

When you get home

• Bed bug bites sometimes don't show up for five days, so remain vigilant.

• Make a habit of vacuuming and inspecting suitcases before storing them.

• Wash your clothes with warm water. Bed bugs can't survive in temperatures above 50C.'

Edited: 04 September 2013, 07:16
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1. Re: Bed bugs

Thanks for the tips manaregular

Phoenix, Arizona
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2. Re: Bed bugs

It's really scary how bad of a world-wide problem that bedbugs have become. We've even had infestations in office buildings at my company. I'm sure it's from people traveling for business with things like laptop bags that they bring in to work with them. Yuck!

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