15 tips for avoiding hotel bedbugs

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Head straight for the bathroom-
Before you check out your hotel room's minibar or oceanfront view, give it a thorough bedbug inspection-and until you've done that, stash your ... more 
Photo by: Getty Images
Head straight for the bathroom-
Before you check out your hotel room's minibar or oceanfront view, give it a thorough bedbug inspection-and until you've done that, stash your luggage in the loo.

"Bedbugs are least likely to be found in the bathroom," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association. "They don't like the tile floors and there aren't as many hiding places. They like to be closer to where people may be sleeping." less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 4:01 PM EDT
By Amanda MacMillan



If you're sleeping somewhere other than home, beware. Bedbug prevalence is on the rise, and hotels and motels are some of their favorite hangouts.



These pesky critters can cause severe itching and welt-like bites, and it's costly to get rid of them if they follow you home. What's more, research suggests they can cause financial distress, anxiety, and social isolation.



But no need to get depressed just yet. With these easy tips, you can cut your chances of critter trouble while on the road.



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