Examine bedside cabinets and look out for blood smears: How to check your hotel room for bed bugs revealed

  • Infographic lists five steps to help hotel guests spot bed bugs in their room
  • All items of furniture should be examined from cupboards to bed frames
  • Guests should look out for shed skin,excretion and bed bug eggs

Bed bugs: on the rise and impossible to prevent - but how do we know if they're there?

The parasitic insects feed almost exclusively on human blood and are highly active at night  - but an infographic has identified five easy steps to help hotel guests spot bed bugs in their room.

The global increase in international travel has lead to the spread of bed bugs, with the insects attaching themselves to items of clothing and luggage in order to travel to a new location to inhabit.

According to pest control experts Rentokil, it's vital to inspect the following items in your hotel room: mattress and bed frame, sofas and throws, cupboards and skirting boards, bedside cabinets and night stands as well as luggage.

Guests should look out for shed skin, blood smears, black marks from excretion, live bed bugs and bed bug eggs (which are pearly white in colour and 1mm long).

If you spot signs of infestation in your room you should report it immediately to hotel staff, ask to change rooms and request for the hotel to seek professional bed bug treatment. 

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