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Bed bugs are back, both in the news and in the least expected places.
Orkin, a top exterminator, reported a 33% increase in cases over 2011. Good for their business, bad for us. Based on their bedbug-related calls, Chicago is currently the worst city in the U.S. for infestations.
Forget the old myth that filthy budget hotels are the only place you may be exposed to these relentless pests. Bed bugs are popping up in homes, on cruises, and are even enjoying some luxury in five-star hotels around the world.
With infestations still on the rise, the last thing you want is to unwittingly bring home bed bugs after a trip. Eggs can attach to clothing or luggage and get moved around without your knowledge.
You can limit your risk while traveling just by inspecting your hotel a little after checking in. Learn about some of the signs that bed bugs are near so that you can take evasive action and protect your home. Five minutes of time could save thousands of dollars later.
- See how to check for bed bugs, whether you're traveling in Asia or even just close to home.