This past weekend my family and I were in Lincolnshire, Illinois for an activity. Although I have no complaints about our hotel stay at Marriott Springhill Suites – the staff was friendly and the facility was clean, I did have “yuck” moment.
When I removed the cushions from the sofa sleeper in our room, I saw a ton of food crumbs. Right there on top of the mattress frame were the remnants of a prior guests snack. I didn’t study the crumbs to determine its origin though I’ll take an educated guess and blame falling debris from crackers and chips. Perhaps housekeeping should include a new line item on their cleaning checklist for vacuuming under cushions.
While there were no bed bugs or other little critters, I did look to see if Lincolnshire was on the Terminix list for bedbug cities. Luckily, it’s not.
Top 15 List For Most Bedbug Infested Cities – 2012
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.
- Columbus, Ohio
- San Francisco
- New Haven, Conn.
Tips To Slow The Spread Of Bedbugs via Terminix
- Check hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for bedbugs and dark blood spots.
- Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture.
- Avoid storing your clothing in the hotel’s furniture drawers.
- Store suitcases on a luggage rack as far from the bed as possible.
- Vacuum suitcases when returning home, and immediately wash clothing in hot water.
- Between trips, store luggage in a sealed plastic bag in a garage or basement, away from bedrooms.
- If you suspect your hotel has bedbugs, ask for a change of rooms.
- Bedbugs should only be treated by a trained pest control professional.
Your Experience? Fortunately I haven’t had a meeting with these bloodsucking pets. Leave a comment or drop me a note if you had an encounter with bedbugs.
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