5 Rules to Help Spot The Early Signs of Bed Bugs

1. Inspect the entire room

A typical misguided judgment about bed bugs is that they are just found on bed edges and mattress. Bed bugs will hide in small cracks and crevices near the bed, in skirting boards or bedside cabinets.

  • Along the seams, inside covers and around the zips of sofas and chairs
  • Around ornaments such as lamps and picture frames
  • Along the seals of doors and drawers as well as the joints
  • Where furniture, skirting boards and carpets meet the wall

2. Check for eggs

Bed bug eggs are a common sign of an infestation. When checking a hotel room for bed bugs, housekeeping staff should remember to look for bed bug eggs as well as live bed bugs.

Bed Bugs eggs are laid in groups of somewhere in the range of 1 and 5 eggs every day. They are around 1 mm long and are a grain-like smooth white shading. Bed Bugs eggs are normally laid independently or in groups inside splits and hole, for example, the joints of furniture and between floors, dividers and avoiding sheets.

3. Inspect adjoining rooms

Bed bugs can spread easily to other rooms either beside, below or above. After identifying the signs of bed bugs in your hotel, it is highly advised that housekeeping give a thorough inspection for bed bugs in adjacent hotel rooms, including lobbies and other recreational areas.

After identifying the signs of bed bugs in your hotel, it is highly advised that housekeeping give a thorough inspection for bed bugs in adjacent rooms, including dinning, lounge, lobbies and other recreational areas.

4. Investigate stains

After a bed bug has fed they will often defecate. Their excrement can be found in the form of dark stains located on the mattress and surrounding area.

Housekeeping staff should be on the lookout for any suspicious-looking stains around these areas to help identify bed bugs in rooms.

5. Follow your nose

The discarded exoskeletons, faeces and pheromones emitted by bed bugs produce an unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent. Detection of this scent could indicate you have a large bed bugs infestation in your room.

Housekeeping staff should be aware of this and investigate the problem if they discover an unpleasant, strange odour in a room.

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