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On April 30, 2009, bed bug infestation was reported at the Tara Station Restaurant and Bar. Infestations can happen in any hotel if guests bring in bed bugs that are hiding in luggage.
This bed bug video provides a good overview of what bed bugs look like, and how they behave.
Step 1: Clean
Remove and wash in hot water any items such as clothing. Do not transport clothes unless they are in a plastic bag, to avoid dropping any bed bugs along the way. Once clean, place in a sealed plastic bag. A great choice are Ziploc Double Zipper Big Bags, which will protect against bed bugs (they are also good for protecting luggage from bed bugs when in a hotel room). Vacuum any bed bugs that you can spot and then dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag.
Step 2: Use a Bedbug
Use a safe bed bug spray such as Dermisil. Be sure to spray in cracks and along seams in mattresses. After mattress dries, buy a zippered casing to trap any remaining bugs (available from the same company). Also spray around the edges of the room. As an added level of protection, you can use a hand steamer around the seams and cracks to super heat and kill bed bugs and any bed bug eggs you find.
Be sure to treat both the mattress and the box spring. Be sure to inspect under any mattress levels and inside the box spring (remove or peel back bottom cover).
Step 3: Use Bed Bug Dust
Spread bed bug dust around the room. If any bugs are left or if any eggs haven't hatched, the dust will attach to the bed bugs shell and kill them.
See our guide for detailed instructions on eliminating
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Another source of referrals is to use a service such as Angies List which for a small fee will provide consumer reviews and contractor suggestions based on those reviews.
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