When it comes time to choose a hotel, we all have different criteria to guide our search and different methods to make our decision. Some of us look for the best deal, others look to stick to the same chain to rack up rewards points, and still others are five stars or bust! Unfortunately, bed bugs aren’t quite as picky. They’ll stay anywhere, as long as there’s food. And that means that the short is “Yes, you should check your hotel for bed bugs.”
Many folks reading this may think to themselves, “Okay, as long as I pick a hotel that’s clean, I’ll be fine.” But these aren’t flies we’re talking about here; they have no special interest in anything filthy. Bed bugs are hungry critters, and what they’re hungry for is blood, human or animal. Hotels are packed with people, which means they are potential smorgasbords for these unwanted guests. If bed bugs find their way in, they’re camping out until they are forcibly removed. So once again, no matter where your discerning taste has led you, it’s a good idea to exercise some extra caution and check for bed bugs.
Maybe you’re still on the fence. “I rarely stay at a hotel,” you’re saying to yourself, “and if I do, I can deal with a few bites.” Others out there may not be so keen on sharing the bed for even a minute with a bed bug. But let’s say you’re in the first group, ready to brave the bites and call it a day. In that case, there’s something you should know: If you share a room with bed bugs, there’s a good chance they’ll like you enough to follow you home and move on in.
While it’s true that they aren’t likely to hitch a ride home on your clothes, where they’ll be in plain sight and subjected to a whole lot of movement, your backpack and your luggage are perfect modes of transportation. Plenty of dark places to hide and an all-expenses paid trip to your home? What’s not to love? So unless you’re looking for a whole lot of hungry new housemates, be sure to scour your room for any signs of bed bugs.
How do you check your hotel room for bed bugs?
First thing’s first: Drop your luggage off in the bathroom. That tile doesn’t really provide a place for bed bugs to camp out, so it’s a good place for your stuff to stay safe while you go on the hunt.
Next, head over to the bed. You want to check the sheets, the mattress, and the bed frame itself, along with the headboard. If you need help lifting the mattress off the frame, don’t hesitate to ask hotel staff for a helping hand. What you’re looking for here are tiny bugs that can be as small as a sesame seed, or the exoskeletons shells they leave behind. Finally, perform a similar search in, on, and around the bedside table.
If these areas check out, you can move your luggage out of the bathroom, unpack, and relax. While vigilance is always your best bet, you can take comfort in the fact that the only one who doesn’t want bed bugs in your hotel room more than you is the hotel itself. Few things are quite as bad for business—and word travels fast. But no one’s infallible, and the extra peace of mind that comes from performing your own inspection isn’t a bad thing.
Effective Bed Bug Treatment near Charlotte, NC
If bed bugs make it past the hotel’s defenses and your eagle eyes, fear not. Thorough bed bug treatment is among the many pest control services Action Pest Exterminating provides in and around Charlotte, NC. And when we say thorough, we mean it. Our staff includes certified K9 units that have been specially trained to sniff out adult bed bugs, bed bug nymphs, and bed bug eggs anywhere and everywhere they may be hiding. In short, we’ve got your back. So if you’ve got a problem with bed bugs, be sure to give us a call at 704-269-4162. We’ll provide you with a free quote and a plan of action to get you back to bed bug free.