Updated: Nov 17, 2022
How do you find bed bugs in a hotel?
Bed bugs can hide in the most invisible places, and since they are small it is important to know what to look for when inspecting a hotel for bed bugs.
Start with the mattress as this is likely to be the most common place you'll find bed bugs. Start by checking the sheets, mattress pad, and box springs. After checking the mattress, check the furniture and any frames hanging on the walls (yes, bed bugs can be found there too!).
Another hot spot to look at is the suitcase rack - who knows if someone else's suitcase has bed bugs sitting on the rack. It is important to note that you should keep your bag away from the bed when you are checking for bed bugs. You don't want to risk getting bed bugs in your clothes or luggage while looking for them!
The fastest way to identify bed bugs
Bed bugs are the common name for Cimex lectularius, a flat, lice-like insect that lives on the blood of other animals. Because they are so dark and small, they can be difficult to spot, especially when hiding in places that are hard to see or reach. Although they do not transmit any diseases, they can leave sore, itchy and very uncomfortable bites and leave you boiling your belongings in hot water.
All hotels are at risk of getting a bed bug condition, so it can pay to have your lamp and your room inspected once you get there.
What should bed bugs look for?
Bed bugs look like tiny crawling insects about the size of an apple seed, but sometimes you can have bed bugs without actually seeing them. Teenage bed bugs shed their outer skin five or six times. Be sure to look for bug skin that can be disposed of as well. Another indication is small blood smears. This could depict bed bugs eating messy. You can also look for small black specks that represent bed bug excretion; or small white eggs, generally about 1 mm long.
How do you find bed bugs in a hotel?
Where should you look for bed bugs?
1. Mattress and bed frame:
The most obvious place to look for bed bugs is in the mattress, but spotting them is more complicated than simply picking up the mattress and looking for dark spots. The bed bugs tend to hide in the joints of the frame and along the slats. So check those who have a flashlight first. Then look at the headboard crevices, at the intricate detailing and design, then along the mattress seams and zippers. If it's all clear in there, grab the mattress and look under it, which was probably the only move I thought of so far.
2. Sofas and Cushions:
Yes, bed bugs can encroach far beyond the beds. Often times, you'll find them in soft seats but not in the bed. Make sure to check the areas as well. Take a look around the seams, inside the covers, and along the zippers of any decorative pillow or sofa cushion.
3. Cabinets and Floorboards:
Bed bugs don't even need soft, quiet spaces to find a home. They can be hiding in your closet, which can cause the unfortunate clothes we mentioned earlier to boil to kill them. In cabinets, take a look at door and drawer seals, as well as cabinet hinges and corners. Check where floorboards or floor moldings meet the wall. These little nooks are popular resting places for bed bugs. Almost anywhere you might find a spider web; you might also find the bed bugs.
4. Night table:
Look at drawer seals and countertop corners. Also check inside lamp shades or places where the lamp comes into contact with the table. The same goes for picture frames, alarm clocks, or any other bedside decor.
5. Luggage and Baggage Stalls:
Take a look at the strap on the foldable luggage carrier, especially as it wraps around the frame. And to be safe, never put your luggage on the same bed. Those bugs will jump right in and may never leave. Many hotels do not have bed bugs. But you can never be too sure.
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