7 Signs Your Hotel Room is Infected by Bed Bugs
Staying in a hotel is a choice for some when they are on vacation. For others, the hotel stay is more of an obligation resulting from work-related travel. Whether you are chilling out on holiday or resting after a tiring day of work, the last thing you would want in a hotel room is getting bed bug bites.
Keeping your hotel rooms in service is imperative to revenue, and few things are more expensive than a bed bug infestation, especially when considering all of the potential costs including, potential liabilities should a guest be bitten by a bed bug.
Even worse for guests, bed bugs can hitchhike on luggage and reach homes and other businesses. By following some simple tips about detecting bed bug infestations, you can avoid this menace.
Bargoose Home Textiles, Inc., as industry leaders in bed bug mattress protectors and encasements, chronicle the 7 most prominent signs of a bed bug infestation. By looking out for these signs and with a little bit of practice and care, you can spot the danger of bed bugs with ease.
7 Signs Your Hotel Is Infested By Bed Bugs:
- Bloodstains on Mattresses, Pillows, and Sheets
- Bed Bug Feces-stains on Bedding
- Bed Bug Eggs
- Bed Bug Skin (Exoskeleton)
- Musty Odor
- Live Bed Bugs
- Waking up with Bed Bug Bites
About Bargoose Bed Bug Mattress Protectors
How to identify a bed bug infestation
How to identify a bed bug infestation in a hotel room is a very useful skill, particularly as the danger of bed bugs is showing an increasing trend in the US. However, you are very likely to miss these signs if you do not specifically check for bed bugs immediately after entering your hotel rooms. Also, do remember while traveling to check for these signs before unpacking your luggage. Either way as a hotel owner or hotel guest, if you find these signs, do not delay, take immediate action.
1. Bloodstains on Mattresses, Pillows, and Sheets
The presence of bloodstains (smears) on the bedding is a prominent sign of bed bug infestation in the hotel room. Sometimes, the bloodstains may be found on other hotel furniture, such as couches and recliners. These bloodstains can emerge from the accidental crushing of bed bugs in mattresses while feeding.
2. Bed Bug Feces-Stains on Bedding
Bed bug feces and excreta can leave small dark and black stains or spots on the bedding, a tell-tale mark of their presence. Mattresses are among the favorite sites for bed bugs as they offer them the easiest access to human blood. Moreover, unlike the bed and other furniture, mattresses cannot be treated chemically.
3. Bed Bug Eggs
At times, you may find the eggs, eggshells, and/or larvae and nymphs of bed bugs on your hotel mattress. Bed bug eggs are pale and small (between 1 and 4 mm).
4. Bed Bug Skin (Exoskeleton)
Bed bug molts in your hotel room or furniture can sometimes reveal their presence.
5. Musty Odor
You may sometimes notice a strong, musty odor in the room infested with bed bugs. But this can also be due to mold. So, though it can be a clue, it is better to club it with other signs before calling out your hotel reception.
6. Live Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are reddish-brown and can reach between 5 and 7 mm in size. Bed bugs have two antennae and six legs, and they are wingless creatures. You may even spot live bed bugs in the hotel room, although this is less likely because they are excellent at hiding. The seam of mattresses, the cracks and crevices of beds, and dirty laundry are some places where you may occasionally find them. Sometimes, you may not see them but sense a strange movement after entering the hotel room or while pulling the bedsheets.
7. Waking up with Bed Bug Bites
While feeding on your blood, bed bugs give you tell-tale itchy bites or “welts.” If you have missed the above signs of bed bug infestation, you may wake up with bed bug bites in your hotel room. These bites can be multiple and form patterns like clusters or lines. Bed bug bites are more likely to be found on exposed body surfaces, including the face, neck, and hands.
Bargoose Home Textiles, Inc. is a top manufacturer of protective bedding products for the hospitality and pest control markets, with more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing bed bug mattress protectors.
About Bargoose Bed Bug Mattress Protectors
A bed bug mattress protector refers to a durable, fitted sheet or zippered six-sided encasement placed between the bedsheet and the mattress surface. Bed bug mattress protectors are a specialty of Bargoose Home Textiles, Inc., which uses a patented technology, the BugStop Seal®. This prevents bed bugs from getting into, or out of mattresses. Their fabric is also bed bug bite proof! You can learn more about Bargoose’s bedbug mattress protectors here.