How to spot bedbugs in your hotel room

Follow these tips to spot bedbugs in your hotel room


Travelers who do not want to hear this, but the truth is, even some of the world’s best and most expensive accommodations are plagued by dreaded bedbugs on the occasion.

But is it ever possible to find them before you are bitten? If you arrive in your hotel room, experts suggest that you and your luggage in the bathroom — this is an unlikely place for bedbugs to hide while you inspect the bed linens and furniture for the tell tale signs.

While bedbugs is not allowed for diseases to bite reactions can vary from a small snack as a sign of a serious allergic reaction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pests are not considered dangerous, but an allergic reaction to several bites may require medical attention.

They are most commonly found in mattresses, but can live anywhere within eight feet of where people sleep, that is the reason why their place of residence vary. They can live in cracks in furniture or in any type of textile, including upholstered furniture, curtains, carpets, dressers, and even wallpaper.

The blood-sucking insects can lead to anxiety and insomnia. But if you follow a few simple steps, before you possible to avoid that the make sure the next time you check into a hotel room.

  • 1.

    Check the pillows


    The small insects, which is only about 4 millimeters in length, can remain virtually invisible to the naked eye in a pillow. But the pillows are an easy contamination hot spot, because they can host a lot of eggs go unnoticed. If that is the case, your pillow will probably smell of mold. You may want to consider the purchase of a bedbug blocker pillow protector. They are usually with a zipper and a bite barrier.

  • 2.

    Check the luggage racks


    Luggage racks, especially those made of wood, often overlooked, but they are very possible locations where bedbugs can hide. (Bedbugs love wood, but hate the tiles.)This is a way to the errors can get on a person claiming the baggage. Do not use closet shelves or drawers, until carefully inspected, for the same reason. In general, the inspection of a crack or fissure, as well as you can.

  • 3.

    Check the folds and seams of the mattress


    Lift the mattress and check underneath. Ask for a flashlight if you do not have it on your phone. Look at the folds and seams in the corners of the mattress. It might be a good idea to use a credit card or something else to get under the folds of the mattress, because this is a different place to the pesky bugs love to hide.

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  • 4.

    Check the curtains


    Sometimes bedbugs will lay eggs on or in the curtains. Bedbugs can travel from substance to substance, even while you wash. Only extreme heat will kill them. So if the curtains or drapes were mixed with sheets or clothes that were infested with bedbugs and washed with cold or warm water, the bedbugs or their eggs have probably survived.

  • 5.

    Inspect each part of the bed (duh)


    The Cimex lectularius, is a parasitic insect that feeds on blood, is popularly called the “bedbug” for a reason. Bedbugs like to be very close to where people sleep, so they can enjoy their meals undisturbed. Do not put any luggage on the bed until you have checked every inch of the blood stains or small black dots. At first they will look like ground black pepper. Check for the critters too.

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