5 Step Guide: How to check for bed bugs in a hotel

Krissie Callahan


If you’ll be traveling anytime soon, there’s one pest issue you’ll want to keep on your radar: bed bugs. These biting pests have become well-established throughout North America, and they can infest businesses as well as homes. Hotels, in particular, are prone to bed bug activity.

You may get a good sense of whether or not a hotel has had problems with bed bugs by checking out online reviews before you book. However, that’s no guarantee.

When checking into a hotel, don’t be afraid to conduct an inspection of your room to look for bed bug issues. Our infographic gives you five quick inspection tips to help put your mind at ease.

If you have already found bed bugs in your home or anywhere else from prior travels, contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control specialist to set up a property inspection and to discuss treatment options.

infographic about how to check for bed bugs in hotel

Bed bugs in hotels

You should take hotel bed bug infestations very seriously. For guests, knowledge of an infestation and fear of bed bug bites can make it difficult to sleep. You could also transport bed bugs back home if you are not aware that your hotel room had bed bug. Bed bugs may hide in a crack or crevice in your suitcase, for example. They may even lay eggs in the suitcase.

For hotel operators, a bed bug infestation could bring on costs such as pest control services, cleaning or replacement of guests’ belongings and moving the guest to a new room. The situation may also be posted on social media, which can harm the hotel’s reputation.

How to check for bed bugs in a hotel room

Bed bugs are more likely to infest places where the source of food (usually a human) spends time dormant, like the bed. When bed bugs are in hotels, it’s common for them to found in the bed frame, mattress, headboard or boxspring. Make sure you check these places.

Bed bugs favor feeding at night and tend to target spots that are disturbed less often. They like to be near the food source.

What to do if a hotel has bed bugs

If you do find bed bugs, you’ll need to use your best judgment on what to do. You could ask for a new room at the hotel or leave the property altogether. The presence of bed bugs in one room may not mean that the entire hotel has a problem. You may wish to ask questions of the manager to see if the property has had previous bed bug issues, which may help you make your decision.

If you choose to stay, most hotels will re-book you into a new room immediately. Be sure to ask for a new room that is not to either side or above or below the room with the bed bug problem, as these are the rooms where a bed bug problem could most easily spread.

For any bed bug problems you might be experiencing now, Ehrlich has methods to treat your home and property to get rid of bed bugs and also advice on how to prevent them from returning. When you get in touch with us, we will come out and conduct an inspection to look for signs of bed bugs and we will determine the best treatment tactic. We are the experts in bed bug control for hotels and other premises, so you can be confident that we will find the optimal solution for the issue. Contact Ehrlich today.

Krissie Callahan
Krissie Callahan

As the Communications Manager for Rentokil North America, Krissie specializes in writing, editing, and shaping both internal and marketing messages for the company. When she's not at work, you can usually find her taking in a live music performance in her hometown of Charlotte, NC.

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