Six Places to Check for Bed Bugs When Traveling
Bed bugs infestations are on the rise lately, but a few simple measures can keep these unwanted guests from entering your home. Bed bugs commonly hitch a ride on your clothing or luggage, taking them with you from one destination to the next. They’re particularly an issue while traveling, as they thrive in places of high occupancy, such as hotels. If you have plans for travel and hotel stay, here are six places to check for bed bugs before getting settled in. Leave your bags at the door and take a look around your room. If you see any tell-tale signs, ask for another room in another part of the hotel.
They’re called bed bugs for a reason. Checking the bed is the best place to start. Peel back the sheets and look for any evidence of stains. You’re looking for blood smears or black spots of excrement.
2. Mattress Seams
Bed bugs like to hide in nooks and crannies. Look around the seams or you mattress for signs that they’re present. Look for the stains mentioned above, concentrations of black, red, and/or yellowish brown speckles. Mattress seams are also a common place to find bed bug casings, or cast skins. Bed bugs shed as they grow, leaving their casings behind.
3. Headboard and Bed Frame
Having a small flash light on hand may be helpful as you examine the headboard and bed frame. Do your best to pull the headboard away from the wall and take a careful look, especially if the headboard or frame are wood. Bed bugs are about the size of an appleseed. Their bodies are light to reddish brown, and a flat oval shape.
4. Night Stands and Drawers
The cracks and crevices of night stands or dressers are another hiding spot for bed bugs, especially if they are made from wood. Inspect the furniture in your room particularly the drawers for any signs of bed bugs. If you notice white dust in your drawers, it’s possible that your room has been treated for bed bugs already.
5. Upholstered Furniture
Unlike lice or fleas, bed bugs don’t live on people or animals. Instead, they live in fabric after feeding on their host. Look along the seams of any upholstered furniture—couches, chairs, etc.—for blood or fecal stains.
6. Drapery or Curtains
Because bed bugs like cloth, it’s not unusual for them to live in drapes or curtains. Take a look, particularly in the folds of window treatments, for any stains or bugs.