Keeping bed bugs from biting in Philly hotels

Back in December, I followed up two Winging It columns on what travelers want in a good hotel room with another column with some advice about bedbugs and what hotels and their customers need to do to keep the critters from biting and being carried home on clothing or in bags. I was told then that Philadelphia hoteliers assert they don't have a bedbug problem, but they pay a lot of attention during seminars on controlling the pests. That kind of paying attention is going on today at a bedbug program sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association at the big Center City Marriott, according to a Daily News story found here.

Also, after today I promise to find an alternative to using "sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite" as the lead to any columns I do on the subject -- at least for awhile.