If you’re sleeping somewhere other than home, beware. Bedbug prevalence is on the rise, and hotels and motels are some of their favorite hangouts. But no need to get depressed just yet. With these easy tips, you can cut your chances of critter trouble while on the road so you won’t have to call your bed bug treatment company in Pittsburgh, PA when you get back home.
- Go straight to the bathroom! Before you check out your hotel room’s minibar or oceanfront view, give it a thorough bedbug inspection—and until you’ve done that, stash your luggage in the bathroom. Bedbugs are least likely to be found in the bathroom because they don’t like tile floors and there aren’t as many hiding places.
- Inspect your bed(s): Here’s how to check for a bedbug infestation: Pull back the linens, and check all the way around and under the mattress and behind the headboard. Look for blood stains or small black dots that look like mold or ground pepper. Check for the critters too. Bedbugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed, and you may find them hiding in corners or seams of the bedding.
- Check the rest of the room, too! Next, broaden your bedbug search to the area immediately surrounding the bed: behind picture frames, under the telephone and alarm clock, and even in books. Studies have shown that most bedbugs are found in or within 15 feet of a bed, but some may still be further away. Check in the cushions and seams of any couches or soft chairs, and in the closet before putting your clothes away.