Most of us have likely been told by others at some point in time “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” If you’ve never suffered bed bugs, count yourself lucky; bites can be itchy and occasionally problematic, and bedbug infestations can be difficult to resolve. Even if you keep your bedroom clear of bed bugs, it can be a lot harder to deal with the pests if you encounter them while traveling. Keep yourself safe from the menace of bed bugs by knowing where they hide, how to identify infestations, and what to do if your hotel room has bed bugs.
Hotels with Bed Bugs
You might be reading this and thinking that you’ll never have to worry about bedbugs if you just stick to renting from higher-end hotels. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The presence of bed bugs is not an indicator of filth, as very clean, very wealthy establishments can have bed bugs just like a cheap hole in the wall. With that in mind, it is important to develop good surveillance habits to check for the presence of bed bugs (and other vermin for that matter) to ensure no matter where you end up staying, it’s infestation free.
Identifying Bed Bugs
First and foremost, it’s important to know what bed bugs look like. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. They are larger than fleas. Consider the average bed bug, compared to a dime for reference. Next, here’s a flea, also compared to a dime. It’s a pretty noticeable difference in size.
Additionally, though both of these pests are bloodsuckers, they have very different behavior. Fleas are quick, mobile parasites. Bed bugs feed on humans but aren’t parasitic. Instead, they come out in the early hours in the morning to feed on sleeping humans.