With hotels being one of the top three locations where bed bugs are found, it is only natural that traveling at all will make you a little nervous. The idea of staying in a hotel with bed bugs is bad enough, but it is all too easy to carry home these critters to create your own disaster at home. The easiest way to avoid such a catastrophe is to arm yourself with knowledge about how to become an observant hotel guest. There is a simple ABC rule set you should follow before you lay down to sleep at any hotel where bed bugs could have already checked in.
Always check out the hotel's pest reputation online.
There are several websites online where hotel guests can make reports of bed bug experiences that they have had with specific hotels. For example, Bedbugregistry.com shows national information for hotels across the country that has been previously reported. Before you even make a reservation or check into a hotel, it is a good idea to run a simple search by using one or more of these sites to see if you can find any recent reports.
Bed checks are an absolute must.
The first place you need to look for bed bugs in a hotel room is logically the bed. Pull off the covers, including the sheets, and check around the seams of the mattress to look for signs of bed bugs. These pests like to hide out in secluded dark places, so it is always a good idea to be very thorough in your search. Look for bugs, but also be on the lookout for other things like dark excrement markings, carcasses, and tiny eggs. Grab a hair dryer from the bathroom and blow hot heat air into tight spots where you cannot see, such as where the mattress meets the headboard. Because bed bugs do not like heat, they may come scurrying out.
Carefully examine the carpet.
Turn off all of the lights and leave the hotel room for just a bit. When you return, instead of turning on the switch, grab your flashlight or cell phone and examine that carpeted flooring, specifically around the baseboards. It is not uncommon for bed bugs to make their nests inside of the baseboards around the carpet if there is a major population.
Any time you come across bed bugs in your hotel room, be sure that you communicate the problem to the front desk. It is also a good idea to contact a pest control company for advice to ensure you don't end up taking the bed bugs home with you.
To learn more, contact a pest control company like Fowler Pest Control.