If you are traveling, there is always the chance you will run into bed bugs. Rather than discovering their presence after you have been fed upon, learn to avoid bed bugs on vacation. The better you get at avoiding bed bugs on your travels, the less likely you will be to get bitten—and possibly bring them home with you.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling
Stay at reputable establishments.
Bed bugs can be found in the nicest hotels in the world, just like they are found in the cheapest roadside motels. However, there is something to be said for staying at reputable lodging establishments. The more reputable the establishment, the more motivated they will be to protect their reputation and have robust pest control programs. Protecting their reputation means dealing with bed bugs promptly and thoroughly.
Always check your room before you settle in.
You want to be sure that the room you are staying in does not have any bed bugs in it. The best way to be sure is to examine everything in the room.
Ask to be moved to a different room if you find bed bugs, or go to another hotel.
Do not hesitate to ask to be given a different room if you find bed bugs. Ideally, you should go to another establishment altogether. If you find bed bugs in one room, they may be in others. Rather than taking the chance, go somewhere else. If this is not an option, ask to stay in a different area of the hotel.
How to Check for Bed Bugs
Put all your luggage in the bathroom until you check the place out.
Bed bugs love crawling into luggage. It’s the easiest way to travel from one location to another, after all. And once they get to the new location, they will leave the luggage and head to somewhere more stable and more cozy. That new location could be your bedroom.
Look for black specks on the sheets.
Bed bug waste looks like small black specks. These specs are known as “fecal spotting”. You can see it quite easily on a flat sheet, or the fitted sheet. If you rub the specks with a little moisture, they will turn brownish. The waste is dried blood.
Check the bed.
The most obvious place to check for bed bugs is the bed you will be sleeping in. Bed bugs are called bed bugs because they like to live in or near beds. Their food source is in the bed, so they want to be close to it.
You will need a flashlight. If you need glasses to see small things up close, you will need those, too. Bed bugs can be big, but they can also be quite small at the beginning of their lifecycle. Check the top, bottom and seems of every sheet, comforter, etc. Do the same with the mattress, top and bottom. Bed bugs tend to stay in crevices and nooks and crannies. Check the headboard and the bed frame from all angles.
Adult bed bugs are a brownish red color and can grow as big as the fingernail on your pinky, but they may be much smaller depending on their age. The eggs and larvae are white and can be seen with the naked eye.
If you are having trouble seeing directly into an area, try shining the flashlight in one side and looking in the other side for the silhouette of the bugs.
Check the furniture and the baseboards.
Bed bugs are often in the bed, but they may be other places as well. You will need to look at all the furniture just as you did with the bed. Use a flashlight and check all the nooks and crannies.
Helping the Injured
If you are unfortunate enough to be attacked by bed bugs while traveling, please contact us. You may be able to file a lawsuit due to your injuries.