The Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention recently wrapped up – but the presidential election this November wasn’t the only thing that had attendees talking.
One issue raised at both events was the presence blood-sucking parasites. No, we’re not talking about lobbyists – but bed bugs.
In previous years, bed bugs have occasionally plagued delegates from both political conventions; with guests at a number of hotels encountering them.
Given the resurgence in bed bug infestations in recent years, it’s perhaps no surprise that large gatherings, like these famous political conventions, often fall victim to bed bugs. However, that doesn’t stop it from being any less embarrassing or frustrating.
Compounding the problem this year was the sheer volume of people passing through North Carolina and Florida for the DNC and RNC. It made it a challenge for delegates to protect themselves; as bed bugs often “hitchhike” from one location to another in people’s luggage and it’s possible for one person with an infestation to unknowingly pass it on to many others; each returning home to a different corner of the country.
While convention season is over, the lead up to the presidential election means a lot of traveling for a lot of politically-connected folks. If you’re one of them, we recommend reading out guide to avoiding bed bugs while traveling. You’ll find some valuable advice there about how to prevent bed bugs in hotels and other travel locations.
Finally, remember to check your clothes and luggage before stepping back in through your front door, and wash everything you can in high heat to eliminate bed bugs and their eggs.
Just like some people view the presidential election as the opportunity to evict the current White House resident, you can do the same to bed bugs BEFORE they create an infestation in your home.