Heading On Vacation? 3 Ways To Avoid Sharing A Hotel Room With Bedbugs

Posted on: 21 July 2016

If you do a lot of traveling, you probably stay in hotels on a regular basis. Unfortunately, that means that you have plenty of opportunity to bring unwanted guests home with you. Bedbugs can be frequent guests in hotels. Taking a proactive approach will help reduce your chances of bringing bedbugs home with you. Before you unpack for your hotel stay, here are three pest control steps you should take.

Look at the Sheets

When you check into your hotel room, the first thing you should do is inspect the bed. Begin by carefully removing the bedspread and blanket. Once you have the sheets exposed, you'll want to look for signs of bedbug activity. Pay close attention to the fitted sheet. Look for small, brown spots. When bedbugs bite, they cause the area to bleed. The blood will be transferred to the sheets and look like tiny brown spots. If you see those brown spots on the sheets, the hotel probably has a bedbug problem.

Check Out the Mattress

The next thing you'll need to do is inspect the mattress. Pull the fitted sheet back and look along the edges of the mattress. If the mattress has small intricate designs woven into the fabric, look inside the seams of those designs. You'll want to look for dried blood stains and egg casings – which will look like shiny, dark brown pieces of rice.

Wipe the Headboard

If you haven't found signs of active infestation, you're not out of the clear yet. The next thing you'll need to do is wipe down the headboard. It doesn't require a full cleaning, just a simple wipe of the lower edges. Take a damp cloth and wipe the headboard. Look for signs of bug droppings, egg casings, or dried blood. If you find any of those items on your cloth, there are bedbugs present in the room.

If you're going to be staying in hotels this summer, make sure you don't spend your vacation with bedbugs. The tips provided here will help you identify a problem before you end up with an infestation. If you find bedbugs in your hotel room, be sure to notify management as soon as possible so that they can take care of the problem. For maximum protection, be sure to wash your clothing in hot water as soon as you get home. This will ensure that you kill any bugs that might have snuck past your inspection.

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