Bed Bug Safety Tips When Going to a Hotel
Nothing like living the posh life in a 5 star hotel or resort! The luxury, the comfort, the bed bugs! Wait! Bed Bugs? Oh, yes. They are a real problem at one time or another in most hotels. Form the small roadside motel to the top luxury resorts, nobody is immune.
Here are some very important tips to keep yourself and your possessions out of harm’s way.
Before booking a hotel:
- Call up the hotels that you are interested in and ask if they use bed bug proof bedding encasements. (Preferably made of comfortable 100% micro-polyether and not noisy vinyl material!)
- Look up your hotel’s history of reported bed bug cases. This can be found online at sites such as bedbugregistry.com.
- Don’t assume that just because it’s a 5 star hotel that it is free of bed bugs. Bed bug infestations have been reported in world-renowned hotels.
- Bed bugs are more likely to be found in hot, humid climates; so this list is even more important for you if you’re planning that tropical vacation.
Bed bug prevention packing list:
When arriving at the hotel:
- Pre-arrange for early hotel check-in so you can have more time to inspect for bed bugs.
- Here’s where your flashlight comes in handy! Inspect all the nooks and crannies of your hotel room, especially around mattresses, box springs, upholstered chairs, drawers, headboards, carpets, closets, and wall hangings. Indications of bed bug infestations include dark fecal spots, dried blood spots, eggs, and of course bed bugs – dead or alive.
- If possible, look behind your headboard to better inspect the bed as well as the headboard itself. (Bed bugs often reside in bed boards as they can remain there for longer amounts of uninterrupted time – without having the cleaners change the sheets daily like they do on the mattresses.)
- Pull the sheets off the mattresses and inspect all edges and folds in both the mattress and the box spring.
- Remove clothes from luggage liners and put directly on the metal luggage rack. (Metal is good for bed bug prevention because it is too slippery for bed bugs to be able to climb on.) If the luggage rack is made of wood, it is best to keep your clothes in your bed bug proof luggage liner during your vacation. It works equally as well as a drawer liner.
- Don’t leave your suitcase on the bed, floor, or chairs.
- Keep all shoes and clothes inside sealed luggage liners when not in use.
- Put all dirty clothes in anti-bedbug laundry bags.
- If you find bed bugs, ask the hotel management for a new room in another area of the hotel, or try another hotel. Once you get in your new hotel room, you must start your bed bug search again.
- Before checking out, recheck the outside of your luggage, laundry bag, clothes and shoes for those awful hitchhiking bed bugs.
More tips to protect against bedbugs while traveling:
General Bed Bug Prevention Advice
When renting a recreational vehicle (RV, camper)
When renting a car
When taking a cruise
When using public transportation (taxi, train or bus)