How to Spot Bedbugs in Your Hotel Room

Bedbug bites are not dangerous, but they certainly are very annoying and can hurt; save yourself the trouble


Bedbug infestations occur close to where people sleep, and hotels are a common hotspot. Don’t think this applies only to fleabag motels. Cleanliness has nothing to do with it.

Even the best and most expensive accommodations have been plagued on occasion. The most famous example is probably the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Five-star hotels are still facing the same problem, according to reports.[slideshow:101321]

Your first action as soon as you enter a hotel room should be to put your luggage in the bathroom — this is an unlikely place for bedbugs to hide — while you inspect the bedding and furniture.

While bedbugs do not transmit diseases, bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs to a small bite mark or a serious allergic reaction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pests are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic response to several bites may require medical attention.

They are most frequently found in mattresses, but can live anywhere within eight feet of where people sleep, which is why their places of residence vary. They can live in cracks in furniture or in any type of textile, including upholstered furniture, curtains, carpets, dressers, and even wallpaper.

The blood-sucking insects can cause anxiety and sleeplessness. You can avoid all of that if you take a few quick precautionary steps before you settle in your new room.

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