Bedbug numbers have only been increasing in recent years, and a National Pest Management Association (NPMA) survey found that one in five Americans indicated that they either dealt with bedbugs at home or in a hotel or knew someone who did. Compounding the problem is the fact that bedbugs are difficult to eliminate for a number of reasons: they can survive for months without eating (as a parasite, they feed on blood); they’re experts at hiding in hard-to-reach locations; and they’ve developed quite the tolerance for pesticides.

Kevin Hathorne, Technical Director at Terminix Service, Inc., spoke with the Travel Channel about tips for avoiding bed bugs while traveling. Read on for our tips on how to check for bedbugs in your hotel room, and what to do if you spot one (or more).

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