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How to Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel?

how to check for bed bugs in a hotel

Bed bugs are a menace and once they infest your home, they’re very difficult to get rid of. People usually pick up these bugs during their travel and stay in hotel rooms. Hotels are obligated to keep their rooms clean and free of bed bugs but infestations are more likely to happen in such places. That’s why it’s important to remain vigilant and ensure you don’t bring bugs home with you after your summer vacation. We’ve put together a checklist that’ll help you avoid a bed bug infestation.

How to Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel?

It might be tiresome to take the precautions mentioned below after a long flight or drive, but it’s a good idea ignore your fatigue for a while and follow these steps thoroughly. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Place Your Luggage in the Bathroom

It’s instinctive to place the luggage on the bed so you have easy access to your clothes. But it’s not always a good idea to do that because bed bugs are usually found on the bed and sofas and chairs. The bathroom is a safe place because bed bugs can’t travel well on hard surfaces and don’t have free access to blood. Your luggage will be safe in the bathroom while you check the mattresses and other areas for signs of bed bug infestation.

2. Pull Back the Bed Sheets 

Carefully pull back the bed sheets and inspect the top of the mattress, the box-spring seams, and the piping for bed bugs. Eggs, nymphs, and adult bugs are usually visible to the naked eye so you won’t have any problem spotting them, especially if the mattress is white and clean. You can also look for other signs of hotel bed bug infestation like blood spots, feces, and brown or rust colored spots of molt.

3. Check Near the Headboard

Bed bugs tend to gather around the headboard and are present in significant quantities in that area. Check the mattress near the headboard, especially the places that are pressed up against the surface. If your headboard is cushioned or covered in upholstery, you might want to check the back as well.

4. Check Underneath the Mattress

The next step is to lift the mattress and look underneath. You might need assistance from your traveling companion for this because mattresses can be heavy. Use a flashlight to shed some light under the mattress and look for the bugs or traces of them. It’s a good idea to always travel with a bright flashlight because bed bugs aren’t always easy to spot.

5. Check Other Areas as Well

Just checking the bed isn’t enough. You need to inspect other places in the room like the sofa, chairs, and other such upholstered furniture as well. Inspect the curtains and look at the carpets for any signs of bed bugs. If you see any suspicious spots or bugs on the rugs and carpets, it’s very likely there bugs are present in the bed and chairs as well.

6. Call the Front Desk Immediately

If you spot signs of a bed bug infestation, call the front desk immediately and request a change of rooms. Make sure they provide a bug free room and ask them to inspect the room in your presence.

If you follow these steps, you should be able to avoid a bed bug infestation. However, if you do inadvertently bring a few home, you should act quickly and hire a professional to eliminate them. They’ll only grow in number if you delay the extermination.

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