How to Look for and Avoid Bedbugs in Hotel or Motel Rooms

Uploaded by TheUniversityofMaine on 01.10.2010

I want to talk to you a little bit today about traveling and tips on looking for bedbugs.
When they enter their hotel room, the first thing most people do is throw their stuff
on the bed, the luggage rack or maybe even both. When you’re traveling in this day
and age, that’s a no-no, because bedbugs could be in either of those places.
The best thing to do when you enter a room is to bring what you’re carrying into the
bathtub. After you’ve put your luggage in the bathtub, it’s time to start checking
your room. The first place to check is behind the bed backboards, in the corners, along
the creases of it, any place you can see on the bed backboard.
The next place you look is along the piping of the mattress, looking for either the adult bedbugs, immature
bedbugs or anything that looks suspicious to you. You want to do that all the way around
the entire bed, along the top part and the bottom part.
The next place you look is more disgusting. You need to be looking either directly on
the mattress or on a mattress pad. You take the sheet off, and what you’re looking for
here is actually blood spots where the bedbugs have been feeding.
The next place you should look is the bureau beside you. You want to look all along the
inside of bureau, tip it over and look along these corners. Bedbugs are very secretive.
In most cases, they’re within 20 feet of their host, so in a hotel room like this,
you know there’s not a lot of space for them to be. Chances are they’re going to
be right on the bed or in the night tables beside the bed.
The other place that we talked about earlier as I came into the room is the luggage rack.
A luggage rack is a very good place for bedbugs to hide. Because this webbing is so nice and
snug, the bedbugs really like to get in underneath here. So when I’m in a room, I fold it up
and look underneath there. You look there and right around where it attaches. By folding
it, you have plenty of give to the fabric. Most people don’t even bother to do that.
They don’t move it, they just leave it and put their luggage down. As I say, it’s a
prime place for bedbugs to hide. And again, in most places, it’s probably
within 5 feet of the bed, so if the bedbugs aren’t actually on the bed, they can just
zip across in the night and onto the bed. They’re easy to transport, so that’s why
you start out putting everything where you shouldn’t find bedbugs. Chances are there
aren’t going to be bedbugs in the bathroom. It could occur, but once you put your stuff
in the bathtub, it’s pretty safe. All right, so you’ve gone into your room,
you’ve checked your room and you’re happy you haven’t found any bedbugs, so you can
be content and hope there are no bedbugs. But the question that remains is what if you
found a bedbug? The first thing you can do if you found a bedbug is pick up your luggage,
get out of the room, go to the head of the hotel and just say, ‘Please give me another
room.’ Of course, you could always check out of that hotel.
Bedbugs are kind of strange in that they could be in your room and that might be the only
room in the hotel they’re in. Normally, if I find them, I usually stay in that hotel
but move into another room. Usually, I try to get as far away from that room as I can.
But bedbugs are very spotty: They can be in a five-star hotel or a dingy hostel you may
be staying in. And they’re easily transported. That’s
why the whole thing about the luggage. Bedbugs have a tendency to crawl into anything that’s
around to hide, and that’s why they’re transported to your house, to another hotel,
to movie theaters, to train stations, you name it. That’s where they are, and they’re
a serious problem.