A story from Consumer Reports titled: "Don't Bring Bed Bugs Home From Spring Break"
For several years there have been bed bug stories in the news and it is very true that these things can show up anywhere and are nasty creatures. Various stories tell us that if you're in a hotel room which has them they can make there way to your suitcase and you can bring them home. Then if you're like Dale who comes home from a trip and lays his suitcase on the bed to unpack, bed bugs can circulate on your own bed.
Am I paranoid? Maybe, but honestly when I see his suitcase on the bed after a trip I quickly move it off and away. We've never had this issue, but why take a chance. The story at the link gives advice for checking for bedbugs when you come into your hotel room. Most of this I can't imagine doing.
"Put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you enter the hotel room.
"Bed bugs prefer anything dark and creviced that they can hide in like bedding, seams of fabric, furniture, even inside walls so the bathroom is usually a the safe zone while you search the room for signs of critters."
Also and here's where things get tricky: "Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust colored spots and exoskeletons - the casings the bugs leave behind. Don't forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.
Be sure to lift and check under the mattress, too. While this room was clear it's important to take action if you do find anything suspicious."
Lift the mattress! I just can't see myself doing this, but I confess I do check the sheets much to Dale's laughter. Bud bed bugs aren't funny at all.