The summer months are heavy with travel. Everyone has their breaks from school and families are getting together to enrich relationships and see new places. When you have to deal with bed bug infestations, it can ruin your vacation in a hurry. Giving your hotel room a thorough inspection before settling down for the stay is key in avoiding bed bug infestations. Southeast Florida Pest Control is here to teach you some tricks when inspecting your hotel so you don’t miss any cracks and crevices that bed bugs might be hiding in.
Bed Bugs Aren’t Usually Found in Bathrooms
Unlike other pests that are searching for a water source, bed bugs aren’t usually found in bathroom areas. For this reason, when you walk into your hotel room, go straight the bathroom and put your luggage in there while you give the rest of the room a good once over.
Check the Mattress, Sheets & Bedding for Bed Bugs First
The first place you are going to be inspecting might seem obvious. Bed bugs are most likely found in the bed. You will need to be looking for signs that bed bugs have been there. Here are a few things to look for:
• Blood Smears– Because bed bugs feed off of their victim’s blood, if they are smashed after a blood meal the blood smears. Any signs of red or brown blood smears are a sign of bed bugs.
• Bed Bug Exoskeletons & Shed Skins– As bed bugs mature into adults they will shed their exoskeletons to allow growth. You may find bits and pieces of bed bugs exoskeletons in the bedding or on the mattress.
• Bed Bug Fecal Matter– Fecal matter from bed bugs looks dark brown or black which is a little different than blood.
• Bed Bugs– You may even see the bugs themselves depending on the infestation.
Check Other Furniture in the Hotel Room for Signs of Bed Bugs
You may not realize it, but the other pieces of furniture in the room need a thorough check as well. It is helpful to have a flashlight on hand to really check inside the cracks of the furniture where the bed bugs hide during daylight hours.
Store Luggage Off the Carpet to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home
Bed bugs are master hitchhikers. To help you avoid taking bed bugs home with you, always keep your luggage off the floor. Most hotels provide a luggage rack that you can sit your luggage on.
Wrap Luggage in Plastic
You can purchase bed bug protective covering that fits your luggage. This is the best way to ensure bed bugs don’t make it into your suitcase and later into your home. You can also purchase plastic coverings for your clothing within your suitcase to protect clothing items.
Bed Bug Inspections & Treatment
If you find bed bugs in your hotel room, it is important that you speak up. These infestations need to be reported so they can be taken care of without spreading to other destinations. With worldwide travel so accessible, we have seen the bed bug population increase dramatically. If you have a bed bug infestation, the professionals at Southeast Florida Pest Control can help you get rid of them quickly and completely. Call us today!