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The University of Minnesota, which has done extensive research on bedbugs, offers the following tips for hotel guests concerned about the blood-sucking parasites in their rooms.

•Before you leave home, pack a flashlight to inspect for bedbugs.

•When arriving at a hotel room, do not unpack. Place your bags on a dresser or in the bathroom and inspect your room immediately.

•Bedbugs can be seen, so remove the bed sheet and mattress pad, and inspect the edging, seams and other areas.

•Inspect the headboard, and use the flashlight to look in the space between the wall and the headboard. Inspect the furniture near the bed and look behind pictures on the wall.

•If you find bedbugs, ask the hotel to move you to another room that's not adjacent to the one you inspected.

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