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Finding And Avoiding Bed Bugs In Your Hotel Room


Usually when we arrive in a hotel room we are already tired from traveling and just want to settle down. You bring your luggage over to the bed, or worse, immediately settle down onto the bed for a nap. This is one of the worst things that you can do when entering an unfamiliar hotel room and the reasons are clear – you don't want to find out the hard way that your room has been infested by bed bugs!

These reddish-brown insects can be almost half an inch in length and they are attracted to warmth, especially the warmth of a sleeping body nestled in bed. During the day time these creatures hide in every nook and cranny and so it can be difficult to figure out whether you are going to be visited in the night by these intruders. To avoid being bitten by these blood-sucked parasites it is important to be vigilant and check the bed as soon as possible and before putting your belongings anywhere near it. Bed bugs have been known to travel home with people in their luggage and this is the last thing that you could want.


How to Locate an Infestation of Bed Bugs

While bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye, did you know that bed bug hatchlings are so tiny that they can pass through the eye of a needle? This makes it very easy to miss when your hotel room is infected with bed bugs and increases the difficulty of getting rid of the infestation for good.

Before you check out the rest of your hotel room, you should store your luggage in the bathroom as this is where there is the least chance of an infestation. They avoid tile floors and there are also less nooks and crannies for them to hide in. Bed bugs prefer a warmer location and to hide in bedding or between furniture. Inspect the bedding by pulling back the covers and linens. You will be searching for small bloodstains that may look like small black dots.
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