Its always unnerving when you discover a creepy, crawly spider in your otherwise clean hotel room. Some countries just have a large bug bug population and you have to be weary. Not to mention the worry of bed bugs in your hotel room. The occurrence of bed bugs in large cities such as New York and Tokyo have increased. The influx of bed bugs in large cities is partially due to the illegality of strong insecticides and partially due to the amount of international travelers that pass through these large cities. Bed bugs can easily hitch a ride on a pant leg or suit case and end up in another country within hours.
Bed bugs are small, little, blood sucking insects that live in dark corners and come out at night to feed. These bugs are oval shape and dark colored. Bed bugs are hard to spot since these insects like to hide, and can go up to a year without feeding. Bed bugs can leave behind fecal matter that is just dried up blood. The fecal matter looks like dark, little spots.
When you get to the hotel, ask to look at your hotel room first. If you inspect your hotel room before you bring your luggage up it will be easier to ask for a room switch and you don't have to worry about contaminating your luggage if you do spot bed bug signs. Although it is always hard to spot a bed bug, you can always inspect your room for tell tale signs.
When you inspect your hotel room, bring a flashlight with you. Carefully pull back the bedding and look for bed bug residue on the sheets and comforter cover. Thoroughly check the seems around the bedding and pull the sheets back to look at the mattress. Also look behind the headboard, pictures and furniture. If you find any signs of bed bugs request another room and follow the same inspection.
When you find a room that looks bed bug free, still take precaution. Keep your luggage up off the floor.
Debug your hotel room with Rest Asure Bug Spray when you arrive—and your clothes and suitcase when you leave. This odorless, nontoxic spray (safe for people, pets and plants) kills bedbugs, eggs and larvae on contact and can be used on any surface. Fast-acting minerals ensure you don’t need to wait between spraying and sleeping. Contains no oils or fragrances; leaves no stains or residue.