Johnny Bugz to the rescue

September 23, 2010 at 8:54 am 2 comments

WARNING: Stop reading this post if you are a squeamish frequent-traveler (or are currently cozied up in your hotel bed)

I don’t know about the rest of you, but as someone who spends a considerable amount of time on the road in hotel rooms, all the recent talk in the media about bed bugs has me itching for some relief. At last week’s NCBTA Chapter meeting in Charlotte, there was actually some discussion about what to do when a report of bed bugs was made by a traveler about a hotel in your preferred program, so we felt it was a worthy topic for Carrying On, especially given our vast network of expert resources.

While I evaluate the benefits of buying and carrying in my suitcase a bed bug resistant mattress cover, I contacted the trusted source within my personal network that I go to when it come to anything bug related.   That would be one Johnny Bugz (real name John Sparacio, New York State Licensed Exterminator #C1-800492), a guy I grew up with in Flushing, Queens, who now owns his own exterminating company, Bugz R Us, Pest Control.

According to Bugz “the biggest problem with bed bugs is that you can’t see the suckers because they don’t come out in the day time.  So other than biting you while you sleep, you won’t know they’re there unless you know where to look.   And if the hotel has them, there’s a decent chance they will get in your luggage and now you’re taking the problem home with you”.   While this might be good for Johnny Bugz, it’s not so good for Tony D, so I asked Bugz for some advice, and he referred me to the best website he knew of on the topic.

Sure enough in looking it over, there are some pretty decent tips that might be useful to our readers, and while this is probably one of those topics you would rather not be out in front of, for fear that even talking about it could lead those in your travel program to ask questions and raise concerns, like everything else we talk about here on Carrying On what you do with it, is totally up to you.

In closing, I would offer some words of comfort to all the road warriors out there, “sleep tight tonight and here’s hoping that the bed bugs don’t bite,” but if they do, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Audra Pollack  |  September 24, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Hey Tony,
    Can you ask if anyone has pulled hotels on a temporary basis from their programs based on bed bug infestations?

    Hope you are well.

    • 2. Tony D  |  September 24, 2010 at 8:30 am

      Ok everybody, the question of the day is…..have any of you had to actually pull a hotel from your program based on this condition? And for those of you who are not travel managers, feel free to provide comments if you have heard of anyone who has had this issue.



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