Lets talk Bed Bugs

No one wants nasty guests in their bed. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They hide on anything possible to travel from hotel to hotel to even your own home. There is nothing worse than having a vacation or trip ruined by these pesky little things. Follow these recommendations to prevent these un-welcomed guests crawling into bed with you.


Necessary tools:

Flash light and credit card or hotel key card. The flashlight will help you spot any signs of the bug. You can use the flashlight mode on your cell phone to help with this. Bed bugs like to come out in the dark, so shining the light on them will make it easier to spot. The card will be able to fit practically everywhere a bed bug can fit. Sliding the card along cracks and crevices will push the bugs out. Ew gross, I know!


What to look for:

Bed bugs are four to five millimeters in size. They are close to the size of a pearl. They have an oval- shaped body that allows them to hide in very small places. Their bodies are typically brown or red. As they come out at night, they can still be spotted during the day if you do some digging. They leave traces of their presence around. This could be stains of blood, white eggs which are about the size of a grain of sand, or dark almost black stains which happens when the bug excretes after a meal. These guys are good at hide and go seek so, really put effort into looking for their hideout.

Step one: Keep everything away from the bed

When you first get into your hotel room, the first thing you want to do is throw your luggage down and jump into bed. Bad idea! If there are bed bugs present in the room, throwing your bags on the floor or near the bed is an open invitation for bed bugs to hitch a ride back to your house! To prevent this, put your luggage on the rack far away from the bed or put your luggage in the bathroom. This is one area of the room that is cleaned thoroughly. If you want to take one more additional step, you can can carry along a large plastic bag to help keep your luggage sealed. This might seem over the top however, this can really help prevent bringing these little creatures home with you. 

Photo Credit: Bedbugs.org


Step 2: Check the room

Bed bugs tend to live near their food, which is us. GAG! In a hotel, guests typically lay in bed even when they are not sleeping in a hotel room. Search within a 7 foot radius around the bed. They don’t just hide on the beds. The mattress and frame is the typical area for the bed bug to be but that does not limit them to just that area. Other furniture and carpet could also be places for them to hide. Bed bugs can fit into tight crevices which is why the frame and other furniture are great options for them. The flash light and card will come in handy while looking at all the crevices and corners throughout the room.  On the mattress, you’ll need to check all corners and crevices and seams. They could be tucked in on any part of the mattress. Stripping the bed will help looking for these bugs. Checking the sheets is also a good idea. This is where you will be able to see any stains that the bug has left behind. Check the seams of the carpet around the bed, behind the sidetable and if there is a fabric chair or couch close by be sure to give that a good looking over as well.

Photo Credit: Bedbugs.org


Step 3: Any Presence of bugs

If you suspect any bed bugs after these steps, run! Go to the hotel front desk and request a different room in a different part of the hotel. Don’t feel bad about asking for a new room. It is not worth the risk of getting bitten by these gross creatures and bringing them home with you to share with family.

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Do you have a bed bug story? Please share with us in the comments section. We would love to learn from people who have experienced these first hand.


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94 Responses to Lets talk Bed Bugs

  1. I actually worked at a motel we checked weekly.

  2. Janice Cash says:

    I don’t have a bed bug story, thank goodness, but I really appreciate the article learned a lot about checking for these kritters during hotel stays.

  3. Terri Ingham-Bollin says:

    Thank god I haven’t had any run in with bed bugs. But I have heard some horrible stories. Yuck!

  4. Mya Jo Murphy says:

    I don’t have a bed bug story, thank goodness but thank you for the post.. Nasty critters!!

  5. Donna H says:

    Yikes! I always check the beds in a hotel I stay in.

  6. tracie duffield says:

    really dont even wanna think about these things

  7. tom sides says:

    when we went to italy we stayed in a convent and my friend woke up in the morning with bed bug bites all over his head and neck

  8. chris conanan says:

    never had an experience yet and hope i never do

  9. donna porter says:

    I have not encountered bed bugs yet. I am always worried when we vacation.

  10. Kami v says:

    I’d love to try this brand thanks for the info!

  11. No Bed Bugs for me please, dealing with Palmetto Bugs is ruff enough

  12. Mimi fiorelli says:

    I found bed bugs in my room at a very swanky resort. The first place I found one was in the bathroom, along the baseboard. Then I found a huge one while I sat on the bed. I captured both and called the front desk. They said they would clean my room. Another person came up and when they realized I knew what they were ( hours of health dept training on my end) they offered to move me across the hall. I said NO and packed up to leave. They ended up moving me to a new townhouse located on the resort and drycleaned everything I brought with me. I threw out everything that wouldn’t fit in the freezer or dryer at the townhouse. So, don’t settle for a cleaning or room move near the room with bugs.

    • Dana Fry says:

      Thank you for sharing your story! This is good information! I can’t stress enough the asking for a new room and getting away and not feeling bad for asking.

  13. Clair Shumack says:

    You captured my face perfectly above when I hear someone say bed bugs…

  14. Barbara Gruner says:

    I worked at a nursing home it was my only run in with bed bugs. Thankfully I haven’t had any since than.

  15. Kathy Hanley says:

    I watched a news story on TV yesterday where they talked about bed bugs being found in airline seats, bus seats and movie theaters. You can be transporting them and not even know it.

  16. Tondra says:

    That is extremely scary. It makes me itch just thinking about it.

  17. sue tardi says:

    this is a scary tale – on vacations i stayed in mostly 5 star resorts and never gave this much tought – checking at night with a light and credit card is a tip i’m sure to remember and use

  18. Rachel DeMille says:

    I don’t have a bed bug story, but I’m terrified of them! So thank you for the tips!

  19. Diana Haggerty says:

    Have never had bed bugs.

  20. Tim says:

    I need a good pillow

  21. ron roy says:

    for years I was a road warrior sleeping in hotels for up to 250 nights per year — i frequented upper tier business hotels and never gave bed bugs much thought — the precautions you mention make sense — i expect to be using a light and credit card at night to check for bed bugs just to be on the safe side and put my mind at ease in the future

  22. Kim Davis says:

    Great tips to check for the bed bugs, I will be sure to use them on my next hotel visit.

  23. Jacqueline says:

    My biggest fear is running into these critters. I didn’t know about using the credit card.

  24. Jessica Herndon says:

    These we’re very helpful tips.

  25. amy stonger says:

    Oh my gosh! This is something I’m so afraid of-bringing bed bugs home from a hotel. I’m definitely bookmarking this, I know it will come in handy.

  26. Cami Valenzuela says:

    Fortunately I dont have a bed bug story. But I am really careful when I stay at hotels.

  27. Kathleen Walsh says:

    Thank you for all of the tips on bed bugs in hotel rooms from how to recognize them to what to do if you find them. Very informative!

  28. Debbie Welchert says:

    Thank God I don’t have any bed bug stories to tell and I hope I never do. A couple of years ago a child brought one to school with her and the school practically shut down. They are just a horrible little bug.

  29. mim riley says:

    I have not yet encountered any of these, and hope I never do!

  30. Ashley says:

    Bed bugs are a total nightmare. We had them and had to spend thousands to heat treat. Great tips on how to spot them.

  31. Rhonda Miller says:

    Oh yuck..bedbugs!! What a horrible way to spend s vacation!

  32. Becky Bogle says:

    I have never had a bed bug experience but good info to have!!

  33. Maria W says:

    Thank goodness … no bedbug story to tell

  34. Janice Dean says:

    Wow, very imformative! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Jennifer J Phillips says:

    Severely creeped out now! But better informed than sorry after I get home!

  36. Cathy Bradford says:

    No, so glad, but worry every time we stay at a hotel! Could not imagine!

  37. Bob Morella says:

    We went on a cruise and when we returned we had bed bugs in our luggage.. From now on, we always put the luggage in the garage and spray around it. Often you bring home more than souvenirs!!

  38. karend says:

    Gross! I have only seen bed bugs once in my life and i left and didn’t stay at that shack of a hotel. We were at the beach and had no reservations and couldn’t find anything but this out of the way snakey looking motel that had a vacancy and soon as i got in the room i checked the bed and sure enough there those gross little nasty bugs were. I went right back to the front desk and made them refund my money and we left and went to another beach and found a great room with no bugs!! Of course it was like 30 miles away from where we were and we were exhausted but there was no way i was sleeping in that nasty place.

  39. Helen Marie Jones says:

    Very helpful information!

  40. Ronnie says:

    Thanks for a great read and blog

  41. Calshondra Williams says:

    No, I haven’t personally had bed bugs. But, I know someone that had them. I look around my apartment all the time and spray for them. You can never be to careful. Your article is very helpful and informative. Thanks for sharing.

  42. John Paul Jones says:

    I was unaware of so much of this info. Thanks so much for educating me!

  43. Paula Hoffman says:

    I totally wasn’t aware of so much of this information regarding bed bugs. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Alicia D says:

    Yes! We often go to hotels for little getaways ! My friends and I went away for a weekend and I am the only one that checks beds and for bedbugs! What do you think happened? I found one and we got moved to another room. My friends thought I was crazy but thanked me later.

  45. Pauline Jones says:

    Wow! Good to know!

  46. elizabeth brooks says:

    Call an exterminator, the stuff you buy at the store is worthless

  47. Evelyn Miller says:

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  48. Joe Arcuri says:

    I love the flashlight and credit card trick!

  49. Anita Jude says:

    No I don’t have a bed bug story but some good advice and I will start looking whenever I stay away from home for them

  50. Diane Scott says:

    I know I will be looking for bed bugs wherever I go

  51. Tina Conley says:

    Yuck! Thanks for a very informative article! My best friend years ago had started dating a guy who had bedbugs in his apartment! Eeeek! I always thought “sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite” was just an expression lol Nope, I was wrong lol Her 2 y/o son got eat up with bites & after 6 months of doctors visits, a dermatologist finally figured out, what all the bites were all over his little body.

  52. Christin woodall says:

    Thank you for the great advice on how lot be on the look out for bed bugs. I really hope to never have them in my house. They scare me!

  53. Richard Schott says:

    Thank goodness I have never encountered any!

  54. steve stone says:

    I saw that a woman got them from a public bus and its looked really bad from her phone camera and video.

  55. Beverly says:

    Our local movie theatre just had a beg bug infestation. Goes to show that this problem isn’t just in hotels and on beds!

  56. KaylaKayla says:

    I don’t have any bed bug stories and I am SO HAPPY for that! I hope I never will have a story, haha! 🙂

  57. JuliaCloud says:

    This is really interesting. I actually learned a lot about bed bugs. I feel so disgusted. Going to try these tricks next time I am staying in a hotel just to be safe.

  58. Tyneisha says:

    I don’t have a bed bug story and I sure hope to NEVER have one! Thanks for all the information about these nasty creatures!

  59. Jamie Johnson says:

    OMG! SO GROSS! That said, THANK YOU, for sharing this article! I had NO idea how nasty these disgusting things were! And I thought the bedspreads were the worst thing in hotels! Not even close to these guys! I also loved the idea of wrapping up luggage and putting it in or near the bathroom because that is the most sanitary room in all hotel rooms! This will literally give me nightmares for life! Thank you again so much for sharing this extremely informative, if not terrifying, article!

  60. Amanda Lawson says:

    Love that you can show us signs

  61. Megan Candler says:

    I have stayed in a hotel with bed bugs before and those little critters are almost impossible to get rid of! We were lucky enough to have caught them in time to destroy our clothes (Thank goodness it was just an overnight trip so we did not have much). The manager was very apologetic after I let him have it. A couple weeks later, the place was closed for a fumigation. I guess he got the hint!

  62. Sam says:

    Quite informative, and while gross, good to know.

  63. Vinita Kendrick says:

    Great Tips … I’ve encountered bed bugs while traveling before and don’t want to run in to them again!

  64. Vicki Mathis says:

    I have never checked for bed bugs when I’ve stayed away from home but I will from now on. That is scary to think about taking them home.

  65. stephanie mellott says:

    I thank god i have never experienced a bed bug problem but if i did there are good tips here.

  66. Stacy Brogan says:

    This is gross. I hope never to have to worry about them but thanks for the info if I need it.

  67. Kayla says:

    I don’t have a bed bug story that I have had to deal with at my home but I have worked at many hotels. I can tell you that it is important to check the bed to make sure it is clean and the sheets have been changed. Yes the sheets should be changed and fresh for every new guest but unfortunately I have witnessed them not. Please take this seriously because those pesky critters are hard to get rid of.

  68. Annette says:

    Thankfully I don’t have a bed bug story, but now I will be checking more carefully when sleeping away from home.

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  70. Janet Adams says:

    I will definitely be more cautious now after reading this.

  71. Theresa Berry says:

    I have never had a bed bug experience, thank the Lord. This article is very helpful and I plan to use all the tips to prevent any infestation.

  72. sandy says:

    I will never be able to sleep in a hotel bed again. I may as well just sleep in the car. This story is good to know about those pesky creatures but it is so gross.

  73. Ann Patrick says:

    Thanks for this article; this is useful to detect bed bugs.

  74. MagB says:

    Very informative! Makes me want to never travel again…lol!

  75. Maureen Blatz says:

    I thank you for all of this information I will use it all

  76. Gaye McGill says:

    I don’t travel so much any more, but I appreciate the tips on checking for bed bugs when I do!

  77. Greg Johnson says:

    Eeeeeewwwwwww! I’ve never seen any in the hotels we’ve stayed at and I hope I never do!

  78. Tiffany says:

    Oh i just love pillows especially these pillows

  79. Kimberly B. says:

    I will definitely use these tips. I never even thought about how easy it would be bring these unwanted bugs home.

  80. Kayla R. says:

    My grandfather is a PEST CONTROL TECHNICIAN. He always tells me how hard it is to get red of bed bugs.

  81. Nicole margrif says:

    no I don’t have a story

  82. Susan P. says:

    I’ve heard horror stories but haven’t encountered any bed bugs.

  83. Cindy Vincent says:

    thanks for all the info

  84. LoWan White says:

    This is good information to know since will be traveling in a few days! Thank you!

  85. Debbie Chapman says:

    Bed bugs have become more common than ever before.

  86. Samme Taylor says:

    Creepy little critters. Thanks for the flashlight card trick. I will keep that in mind for my travels.c

  87. Jessica Madsen says:

    Luckily I have not had to deal with bed bugs. From the things stated in the article, I hope I never have too! Thanks for some good tips though.

  88. Kelly says:

    My friend has had a bed bug problem in the past and it was such a mess to get rid of them.

  89. Kelly says:

    My friend has had a bed bug problem in the past and it was such a mess to get rid of them.

  90. Stephanie says:

    Bed bugs are gross!!! Thank you for showing us exactly what they look like. You hear about people finding them all the time. It makes me feel better knowing exactly what and where to look for if i stay anywhere on vacation.

  91. Traci Guldin says:

    Thanks so much for this article. Bed bugs are disgusting! My family and I actually had to change hotels because we found Bugs in the bed.

  92. Nicole Pignataro says:

    No bed bugs here but I try to be proactive with pillow cases and keeping things clean because of my son’s dust mite allergy.

  93. Patty Wright says:

    No I don’t have a story but I hate having to stay at hotels because of the fear of bugs

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