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Related to this question. I've moved into a telecommuting position that requires me to travel to the worksite once or twice a month and stay in a hotel. One of the things I'm paranoid about is staying at hotels that may have had bedbug infestations in the past.

Simply put, I'm curious what measures do hotels take to prevent bed bug infestations? Is there anything special they do on a continuous basis? What do they do when bedbugs are found? How reliable are the techniques that they use? Are they usually successful? Have hotels become experts at bed bug removal? Or do the bedbug infestations typically recur?

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Telecommuting position that requires me to travel -- Someone missed the point of tele-commuting! –  Flimzy Jun 22 '12 at 21:17
    
Why are you concerned about past bed bug infestations? Do you have a particularly nasty allergy or something, or is it just curiosity? –  Flimzy Jun 22 '12 at 21:19
    
@Flimzy: You can telecommute from a more or less fixed location... –  jogloran Jun 23 '12 at 7:00
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@Flimzy Well 2 nearby hotels to the nice hotel I'm staying at have had bedbug issues. The nice hotel is more expensive, and I'm being encouraged to look at other options. To clarify, I mostly work at home but have to travel to the worksite once or twice a month. –  Doug T. Jun 23 '12 at 12:48
    
@jogloran: I telecommute from all over the world... My comment wasn't really meant to be taken seriously. :) –  Flimzy Jun 23 '12 at 18:51
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I used to travel a lot. The bug registry is a good idea but far more important and really your first line of defence should be a thorough search of the hotel room. The Bug Girl's blog has an excellent write-up on how to do this.

Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere an ultra-violet light does not make it easier to spot bedbugs. I have personally verified this! The Bug Girl was right on this detail. Follow her advice.

here is a link: http://membracid.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/how-to-inspect-your-hotel-room-for-bed-bugs/

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The main measure hotels do is regular washing of linen and bedclothes and regular cleaning of rooms. That is enough to ensure by far the majority of hotels do not have bed bug outbreaks. If it is a serious outbreak, they can call in the same bug removal contractors used by anyone who would have bed bugs in their house.

Probably the best answer would be to your concern about previous bed bug infestations - I've found http://bedbugregistry.com/ to be quite good at providing information on hotels who have had this issue. Overall, there's no real way to tell how much effort a given hotel does or doesn't put into ensuring they don't have a pest problem other than either staying there or finding reports from other people who have stayed there.

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