Hotel Bed Bugs
Beware! Hotels May Have Bed Bugs
Bed bugs were all, but eradicated on the soil of the United States right after World War Two
through the widespread use of DDT (which is now banned). Today, bed bugs are making a comeback.
These may be carried back to your own household, if you checked into a bed bug infested motel or
Hotel bed bugs are not uncommon. In fact, hotel and motels are natural spots for hotel bed bugs
to find new homes.
Tourists and immigrants coming in from countries with bed bugs infestation are a major source
of hotel bed bugs. Unnoticed, bed bugs sneak into the US through the luggage of visitors.
And of course, it is in motels, bed-and-breakfasts places, and hotels that immigrants and international travellers stay and unpack their luggages with these bed bug hitchhikers.
Once hotel bed bugs infest a single room, these blood sucking insects crawl on to the next room, create a new colony, and then crawl to another room, where they create yet another colony and so on.
Here is something that is not surprising, people have the wrong notion about hotels with bed bugs. They think that hotel bed bugs infest only those hotels and motels that are filthy.
This is totally untrue. Hotel bed bugs do not dwell in a place because they are filthy (like cockroaches or rats), but because they are attracted to carbon monoxide (which humans exhale) and their human hosts upon whose blood they feed.
This means that even ritzy and posh hotels may have hotel bed bugs and they, too often, do.
Common location of hotel bed bugs infestations
Hotel bed bugs are reddish brown, oval shaped (like grains of brown rice), and are very flat. Their shape allow them to hide and lay eggs in tiny crevices. A small crack or hole can harbor hotel bed bugs.
Hotel bed bugs are nocturnal insects. They feed during the night and are generally most active an hour before dawn. Sometimes hotel bed bugs will feed during daytime hours, especially those who haven't fed for a few months.
Typically though, an adult hotel bed bug may last eighteen (18) months without feeding. And their regular feeding cycle (when a host is present) is five to ten days.
If you want to check out your hotel room for hotel bed bugs, check out the where a human being stay the longest, such as in bed, sofa, chairs, carpets, and furniture nearest to the bed. Check the crevices of these furniture including the mattress interiors and seams and bed frames.
The edge of a bed mattress and under it, are also breeding grounds for hotel bed bugs.
Telltale signs of hotel bed bugs infestation
- Heavy infestation have the offensive, sweet, musty scent.
- Edges of upholstery or mattresses have brownish dark lines. These are the excrements of hotel bed bugs.
- You feel itchy an hour after you stayed on the bed and even after you left the bed.
- Hotel bed bug bites are more itchy than mosquito bites and the itch lasts for hours.
Size of hotel bed bugs infestations
If you actually see one or two crawling hotel bed bugs, this is an indication that the infestation might be heavy. Hotel bed bugs are rarely seen. But the moment you see hotel bed bugs crawling near you, it means that there are many adult hotel bed bugs and they are fighting over a single host - you.
How to avoid hotel bed bugs hitchhikers?
Hotel bed bugs are opportunistic hitchhikers. They will hide on and in your luggages, traveling with you wherever you go. Eventually, they will return with you to your home where they will start breeding.
To avoid hotel bed bugs hitchhikers on your luggage try these following tips:
- Buy a non-gel type insect spray. Gel types don't last well and may not kill hotel bed bugs. The night before you leave your hotel room, spray on a non-gel insect killer on your luggage bag. Be sure you have removed your clothes and other things first.
Don't put your clothes on the bed. Wipe the bath tub dry and put your things there. Hotel bed bugs won't try to breed in bath tub crevices, since people don't usually stay there.
- Check your items, one by one, before you pack them. Check for any moving, appleseed sized hotel bed bugs. They are visible with the naked eye.
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