How Do You Check If Your Holiday Hotel Has Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs Are Biting Back With A Vengeance

How Do You Check If Your Holiday Hotel Has Bed Bugs?

You arrive at your holiday hotel at 3.0am, tired and frayed after a long and arduous journey, flight delays, airport security, fractious children and surly passport control and now all you want to do is fall into bed and look forward to the morning and the first day of your vacation.

That could be most costly mistake you’ll make this holiday! The Bed Bugs could be lying in wait and YOU are dinner!

The bed bug (Cimex lectularious) is back with a vengeance and its food is you!

Bed bugs are small haematophagic insects about the size of an apple-pip.

They feed on the blood of warm blooded creatures and their favourite meal is human blood although they will also bite pets.

Having been virtually eradicated in the 20th century they are back and spreading like wildfire, all over the world reports of massive increases in bed bug infestations are being made.

Some cite increased economic migration, availability of cheap travel and resistance to insecticides but whatever the reason, they are thriving and they love holiday makers!

They feed on human blood every 5 -10 days, emerging from their hiding places in the small hours when the tourist is likely to be in a deep sleep, perhaps aided by copious quantities of the local sangria.

Bed bugs are thought to have evolved from closely related bat bugs about the time when man started living in caves. Bats would only be present in the caves for half the year whereas man would use the cave all year round and was therefore a more reliable source of a meal.

Because of this bed bugs have retained the ability to survive for extended periods without feeding and can easily survive in a hotel which is closed for the winter.

They sense the presence of a host initially by tasting the carbon dioxide in exhaled breath but switch to infra-red sensing of body heat when closing in on the target.

They pierce the body of their target with a needle containing two tubes, with one they insert saliva which contains both an anaesthetic and an anti-coagulant and with the other they draw blood.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs

In a heavily infested room it is possible to receive up to 500 bites per night.

So how do you check if your room is infested?

Well the first step is to do research before you book the room, type ‘bed bugs’ plus the name of the hotel you are considering into Google. Very often if a hotel has a bed bug problem people will have reported it on sites such as Trip Advisor.

Once you have arrived at your hotel you should carry out an inspection before even unpacking your case, no matter how late the hour.

Start by stripping the bed down to the mattress, turn the mattress over if possible and concentrate on the end nearest the headboard.

Look for dark coloured smears, live or dead insects and spots of congealed blood.

Look in the stitching around the edges of the mattress, under the edges of the carpet near the bed and pull out and invert any bed-side drawers.

Bed bugs are quite easy to see and move very rapidly when exposed. You can see photos of the bugs and their smear marks at our bed bugs page.

If you find or suspect bed bugs on no account stay in that room, or even that hotel, not even for one night or you will regret it, and certainly don’t unpack your cases in that room.

Get hold of your tour company representative immediately and insist on being moved to another hotel.

If you stay in a bug infested room you are very likely to transport them back to your own home as contrary to urban myth they can survive the flight home in your suitcase very easily indeed.

Enjoy your holiday!

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