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How to Search Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

How to Search Your Hotel Room for Bed BugsIf you’re fortunate enough to escape for a few days during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, good for you! However, we’re pretty sure you don’t want to bring back any unwanted guests from your rendezvous….like BED BUGS!

In order to ensure a bedbug-free holiday, try these handy tips from an entomologist for checking out your hotel room for these annoying, blood-sucking hitchhikers! We’d like to give a big shout-out to Wired.com for this excellent information!

First things first though—there are some tools you will need to start your bedbug search. These include a flashlight or the flashlight feature of your phone. Use your phone to take photos of anything suspicious and share them with the hotel management so they can take the proper action to eradicate the problem!How to Search Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs!

1. Put your luggage in the bathtub when you arrive. It might sound odd, but it’s really a good idea! Luggage is one of the main ways bedbugs travel from location to location, so you need to keep a careful eye on where you are putting it in your room. Since the bathroom has the fewest places for bed bugs to hide and is the most carefully cleaned part of a hotel room, you should store your bags in the tub initially. Bed bugs cannot climb up or down the porcelain, so the tub is safe. Don’t forget to take your bags out of the shower  when you need to clean up!

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Bed bug droppings look like coffee grounds!

2. Go on a bed bug hunt! Now, it’s time to have fun. Once your bags are safely tucked away in the bathtub, get ready to get busy! You are looking for the bugs themselves or their droppings, which look like coffee grounds. Pull the bed away from the wall if you can. Shine your flashlight behind headboards and under beds. Strip the bed, right down to the mattress and box springs to see what’s underneath the sheets and mattress pad. Lift the mattress and box springs up and look around. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it…trust us! You do not want to bring bed bugs back to your home for Christmas, or any time of year, for that matter! Pay special attention to the seams of mattresses and the box springs as well. These are spots the bugs like to hide in.

3. Check your sheets the next morning. When you get up the next morning, look for little blood stains or tiny rusty spots on your sheets. You see, after feeding, bed bugs poop, creating  brown stains from your clotted blood. Also, check your own body for bites. Not everyone reacts that same way though. Some people have very little reaction, while others become very red and inflamed at the sight of the bite. Additionally, don’t use luggage racks, closet shelves, or drawers until you feel pretty sure that they are free from bed bugs!

So, there you have it—3 helpful ways to help you avoid bed bugs in hotels. We hope this helps you stay bedbug- free this holiday season! Merry Christmas!

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