Avoidance of infested areas is the method for prevention of bed bug bites. Recognition of bed bug infestation and proper treatment of affected rooms (usually with the help of a pest-control specialist) is the best way to prevent bed bugs in the home. Those concerned about the potential for bed bugs bites in hotels should examine hotel beds and mattresses for signs of a bed bug infestation.

References:

Thomas, I, Kihiczak, GG, Schwartz, RA. Bedbug bites: a review. Int J Dermatol 2004; 43:430.
“Pest Notes: Bed Bugs.” Authors: L. Greenburg, Entomology, UC Riverside; and J. H. Klotz, Entomology, UC Riverside. Produced by IPM Education and Publications, University of California Statewide IPM Program. UC ANR Publication 7454.
“Bed bugs” by Michael F. Potter, Extension Entomologist. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture , 2/06.

Harvard School of Public Health

Pictures provided by: Hwang, S. W., Svoboda, T. J., De Jong, I. J., Kabasele, K. J., Gogosis, E. Bed bug infestations in an urban environment. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2005 Apr [date cited]. Available from http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol11no04/04-1126.htm