How to Check Your Hotel Room For Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs love to travel even more than we do! It's been reported that since hotels and motels are breeding grounds for bed bugs, they are very much responsible for the dramatic rise in these pests over the last decade. If you don’t want to end up with some unwanted passengers on your return flight, here are the best places to check for Bed Bugs in your Hotel room and what you need to look for:
1. Black Spots
These little black spots are sometimes smeared making them look almost like pencil marks. They are actually bed bug droppings which is pretty gross.
2. Blood Stains
If a Bed Bug has recently fed and is somehow crushed by you on their way back to their hiding place, they will leave a red blood stain on your sheets, pillowcases, pajamas, or mattress. These blood smears may be easy to miss or mistake for something else, so remember to look closely.
3. Live Bugs, Eggs or Shells
While inspecting your room, it’s possible you might run into the bed bugs themselves, either alive or dead. These pests vary in size and color depending on their age. When they’re young, they are white or clear colored and turn reddish brown as they become adults. It takes only 3 weeks for the bugs to become fully grown, and although many incorrectly believe they are microscopic in size, adults are usually larger than ants.
Now that we've established what you should look for, let's go over where you need to check!
1. Check The Mattress
The first thing you should always do is pull back the fitted sheet and inspect the seams and edges of the mattress. See if you can find any bugs or black spots. Also check the corners of the bed frame.
2. Chairs & Couches
Next, see if you have any couches or cushioned chairs in the room. Just like the mattress, look at the seams and edges (especially around the zippers) to look for signs.
3. Closets & Drawers
Bed Bugs love clothes, so it’s important to check where they’re usually kept. Look at the lines where the closet meets the carpet as well as the crevices inside the closet and drawers.
If the unthinkable happens and you accidentally do bring Bed Bugs into your home, there's no need to worry. There are some surefire ways of getting rid of these pests and we at UnBugMe are here to help. Give us a call today or click the link below, and we can talk you through the process to getting your life back on track!