Bed bugs and the itchy, red bites they impose are definitely not souvenirs you want to bring home after vacation. But, unfortunately, these hardy, fast-multiplying critters can hitchhike into hotels—and not just the cheap, roadside lodges, but luxury hotels and resorts, too. If you stay in a room that’s got them, the bug can also catch a ride home with you in your suitcase, invading your space, and causing a costly and stubborn infestation.
“Bed bugs are a primarily hitchhiking insect as opposed to a foraging one, meaning that they get carried around on people’s clothes and belongings,” says Christian Tweed, a service manager at Killingsworth Environmental, a North
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