As you plan spring break and summer vacation, a warning about bedbugs! Hotels everywhere, of every caliber, have been cited for bedbug violations. There are problems at apartments as well.
Complaints about landlords and bed bugs are very common complaints. But the problem extends to hotels too.
Hotels and motels are generally inspected two to three times a year. The challenge is, when you check in, hotels are not obligated to tell you about recent bedbug problems.
The best way to avoid checking into a hotel with bed bugs is to avoid booking a room in a hotel with recent reports of bed bugs. The Bed Bug Registry is a site that collects reports of bed bugs from hotel guests. The Registry allows you to look up a particular hotel, or a particular city, and see where guests have had issues with bed bugs in either a hotel or an apartment building nearby.
If you experience bedbugs in a hotel:
- Report bedbugs to management, don't leave the hotel before you report them to management.
- Show them the bites on your body.
However, once you check in, take a look around for signs of bed bugs in your hotel room. Bedbugs will grow to a half an inch long, and you can spot them. Common places for bed bugs to hide are in the mattress, in the cracks of the headboard and baseboards, and in upholstered furniture. Look closely. Do your homework before you book a hotel.
For more information on avoiding bedbugs and getting rid of them if you get them, contact EHS Pest.