How To Check Your Hotel Room For Bed Bugs

19 August 2015
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While the concern with pests and hotels used to be with cockroaches, the biggest problem now is the bed bugs. They can occur in any type of hotel, regardless of how fancy or expensive it is. Unfortunately, bed bugs spread quickly, often leaving with you in your luggage or on your clothes. Before you lay down on the bed, check your hotel room for signs of bed bugs.

Check the Mattresses

Bed bugs get their name from the fact that they are most often found in the mattress or near the bed. While you might have bed bugs elsewhere in the hotel room, the bed is the first place you should look. When you first walk into the hotel room, investigate the bed before doing anything else. Remove the pillows and all of the bedding, including the fitted sheet.

Check the top and sides of the mattress first, looking for small drops of blood that they tend to leave behind. Next, check the edges and creases of the mattress, opening up the crease to peer inside. If you have a flashlight, you will be able to investigate more closely. You are looking for small reddish-brown bugs that move slowly and are usually in groups, as opposed to a single bed bug. Also check the bottom mattress, bed frame, and the floor near the bed.

Look for Signs of Bites

If you forgot to check the mattress or you didn't notice bugs before lying down, check your skin throughout your stay. If you suddenly get itchy skin and have small red bites on your arms and legs, there might be bed bugs hidden somewhere in the room. Bed bugs don't often come out during the day, so they could have been hidden when you were investigating, then came out at night.

What to do if You Find Bed Bugs

As soon as you notice signs of bed bugs, whether you see the actual bugs on the bed or bites on your skin, you need to leave the room. If you haven't yet opened your bags or suitcase, they should be okay. Ask for another room and repeat the process. You might also want to find another hotel to stay in. If it is the following morning and you notice the bugs or bites, you need to check your bags before you leave. Check your clothing, purse, and suitcases. Look at the corners, creases and crevices for signs of bugs that have set up camp. It is important that you not bring them home with you!

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