A very common question we hear from our readers is “how to inspect a hotel room for bed bugs.” With a large percentage of new home infestations coming from stays in hotels, conducting an inspection may be a great idea.
Prior to your next hotel stay it’s important to know which states pose a higher risk than others. According to our recent article, the top 10 bed bugs states are:
- New York
- New Jersey
Now that we know the top 10 bed bug infested states, lets start the inspection.
- Before conducting the inspection, we recommend not bringing your belongings including bags suitcases and computer bags into the room for obvious reasons.
- Remove the sheets on the side of each bed in the room and inspect along the seams of the mattress for black dots (fecal matter), brownish transparent bed bug shells or actual bed bugs.
- Inspect the box springs as well including the corner guards, which are a popular hiding spot for bed bugs.
- Check the sheets for small blood stains, which could be indicative of bed bugs.
- Inspect along the headboards for the above indicators of bed bugs.
- Although its not likely you’ll find anything, inspecting the perimeter of the room including small cracks and crevices for bed bugs.
If you don’t find anything, it should be safe to now bring your belongings into the room. Even is you find nothing, there is still a chance there may be bed bugs in the room, but this is about all you can do to protect your family from exposure. If you happen to find bed bugs in your hotel room, let the hotel management know and either change rooms or hotels.
Also, as mentioned in our prior posts, if you have a car in the parking lot it’s recommended to keep your suitcases and other belongings inside the trunk and only bring in your essential items sealed in Hefty Bed Bugs to further limit exposure.