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How to Inspect your Hotel Room for Bedbugs

Posted on Jan 24, 2014

Bedbugs can wreak havoc on even the most well laid travel plans. In order to ensure you do not wind up being infested with these creatures, you should do a thorough inspection of your hotel room upon arrival. Perform this check before bringing in any personal belonging; otherwise, you could wind up taking them home with you even if you don’t end up staying there.


Peel back the sheets and blankets in order to look for signs of bedbugs themselves. Bedbugs are oval shaped and dark red or brown in color. Use a flashlight to help you see in the creases and folds of your mattress. Look underneath the seams as well, as this is a popular hiding spot that is often overlooked on many inspections.


You may not notice the actual bugs, but could nonetheless see signs that they have been there. For example, you may observe small round droppings that somewhat resemble dirt on the top of the mattress. You could also notice what appear to be bloodstains or remnants of these insects’ bodies left behind on the mattress as well. Since bed bugs are very small, you may want to use a magnifying glass to help you see these telltale signs more closely.


It’s important to check not only the mattress, but the box springs, headboard and footboard as well. When checking the headboard and footboard, look for droppings in corners and crevices. You should also check any upholstered furniture by flipping over cushions and checking in crevices. The last step in your inspection should be a check around the carpet at the edge of your room, preferably with a flashlight if it is dark in color.


Even if you do not find any bed bugs, you should never assume you are 100% safe. You could easily overlook these creatures, even after a very thorough inspection. In order to protect yourself, keep your luggage on a luggage rack to prevent these insects from crawling inside. You should also consider bringing a travel-sized bottle of bed bug spray with you wherever you go. To find out more about how we can help in the fight against bed bugs,Contact us.

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