Here's how to do a simple check for bed bugs in your hotel room.

I really enjoy going on vacation. It's so relaxing to get away from real life for a little while. Of course, it's nice to bring back a souvenir to help me remember that special time. There are some things I don't want to bring back. On top of the list is bed bugs. I've heard horror stories of people who have them in their hotel rooms. That would ruin even the best trip.

Is there a way to check for the critters when you arrive. Luckily, there is. Check out these simple things to do.

According to,

  • "Roughly the size of apple seeds, but can have them without seeing any. They shed their outer skins five or six times, so look for discarded insect skin."
  • "Blood smears could mean messy eating. Look for tiny black smudges that denote excretion (kinda like insect skid marks) or tiny white eggs, about 1mm in length."
  • "They hide in the joints of the frame and along the slats. Inspect with a flashlight. Look in the crevices of the headboard, in the intricate details and design, then along the mattress seams and in the zipper. If all is clear there, pick up the mattress and look under it."
  • "Often, you'll find them in other soft seats but NOT in the bed. Take a look along the seams, inside the slipcover, and along with the zippers of any decorative pillow or sofa cushion."
  • "They can be hiding in your closet. Check the spots where floorboards or floor molding meet the wall. These little corners are popular hangouts for bed bugs. Take a look at the seals of the doors and drawers, as well as the joints and corners. Anywhere you might find a spider web."
  • "Look at the drawer seals and corners of the nightstand. Also inside lampshades or the spots where the lamp makes contact with the nightstand. The same goes for picture frames, alarm clocks, or any other bedside decor."
  • "Take a look at the webbing on the fold-out luggage stand, especially where it wraps around the frame. And just to be safe, never, EVER put your luggage on the bed itself. Those bugs will jump right in and might never leave."

These simple steps could help you avoid any bed bug issues.


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