How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home from a Hotel – Bed Bugs Killers

We are Bon Accord, we call ourselves bed bugs killers, experts in controlling bed bugs. Here are some tips for avoiding these nasty creatures.  Being nervous about coming home from a hotel with bed bugs has the potential to ruin your visit. Even if there are no signs of bed bugs in the hotel you are staying at, or you have gone through all the online reviews to look for any signs of guests mentioning bed bugs when they talk about their stay, the worry might still be there. 

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel before and then bed bugs appeared in your home, you know that it can happen to anybody. The good news is that there are several things you’ll be able to do to avoid bringing creepy crawly guests home after a hotel stay. 

Understand How Hotels Prevent Bed Bugs

 Bed Bugs Killers
Bed Bugs Killers

You can expect any reputable hotel to take reasonable steps to prevent bed bugs in the first place, so you won’t need to worry about them being present in your room and ultimately taking them home. 

Many hotels use bed bug pest control services on a regular basis to check the premises for any signs of bed bugs and use bed bug heat treatment or other bed bug killer treatments to ensure that any bed bugs that do make it into the hotel are dealt with swiftly. Domestic services at good hotels are usually well-trained when it comes to looking out for pests such as bed bugs and keeping the premises clean to avoid the need for bed bug extermination in the first place. 

Bigger hotels will hire an inspection company to look for bed bugs in their hotel rooms. Bed bug control London companies bring in dogs to sniff for bed bugs or have professional bed bug pest control in place to search out any unwanted creepy crawlies in the rooms. If any pests are present, the hotel will bring in a bug exterminator to clear them out. After all, a bed bug infestation is very damaging to a hotel’s brand and people are usually quick to complain online if they have encountered bed bugs during a hotel stay.

If you want to feel better about it, then there are a few things you’ll be able to do to make sure that you don’t have an unexpected guest when you return.  

Check the Room Yourself

bed bug exterminator
bed bug exterminator

Always check the room yourself for any signs of bed bugs. Before you bring the luggage into your room, check the sides of the box spring and along the seams of the mattress. Bring a torch or use the torch on your phone to get a better look all over the box spring and mattress to check for any signs of bugs living inside it. Inky black marks are one major indicator of bed bugs and if you find these, you should photograph them and immediately inform the hotel. 

Don’t Put Your Luggage On the Bed

One of the worst things you can do when you are worried about getting bed bugs from a hotel is to put your luggage on the bed. Keeping your suitcase and other luggage on the floor will significantly reduce the risk of getting bed bugs from a hotel and requiring bed bugs control near me once you return home. Putting your luggage on the bed is just an easy way for the bed bugs to get a ride back with you, so don’t take the risk, even if you don’t have any reason to believe that there are bed bugs in your hotel room. Bed bugs can crawl but they can’t fly or jump, so if you keep your suitcase away from the bed then it will be harder for them to get in it. 

You can protect your luggage even further by putting your suitcase in a black bin bag while it is inside the hotel room and tying a knot in it whenever you are not using it. This will keep everything sealed and prevent bed bugs from getting into your luggage. 

Use Bed Bug Sprays

You can get bed bug spray for easy beg bug pest control. These sprays are often available to buy from DIY stores and some supermarkets and can easily be used both in hotel rooms and at home. If you are concerned that there might be bed bugs in a hotel, then there’s no harm in using bed bug spray on the bed before you move into the room with your luggage and start using it. It will at least provide you with additional reassurance that if any bed bugs were present, they’re unlikely to have survived your bedbug extermination treatment. 

bed bugs treatment london

bed bugs treatment london

Get Pest Control Ready

Once you have checked out of the hotel and are returning home, it’s a good idea to have some strategies you can use to get rid of any bed bugs that you might have unknowingly brought home. You can call the bed bug exterminator, however, if you’re not sure if you have brought bed bugs back this might not be necessary. Using bed bug spray on your luggage and your bed when you arrive home, along with making sure that all your luggage items are washed thoroughly before using them again, should be enough to deal with any bed bugs that might have hitched a ride with you. In addition, you can also get bed bug killer devices like zappers and heat treatment that might be worth investing in to have at home upon your return from the hotel. 

Keep an Eye on Your Skin

Since there may be a delayed reaction of up to fourteen days from bed bug bites, it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your skin once you return home to see if you show up with any red bites. That being said, some people do not react to bed bug bites at all, so you may have them in your bed but not even be aware of it. In general, if you have an adverse skin reaction within two weeks of coming home from a hotel then there is a risk that bed bugs might be the cause. You may want to visit your doctor to confirm that this is the problem and not something else. If you do have bed bug bites, then you may want to hire bed bug fumigation London to come to your home for professional bed bug treatment.

Signs of Bed Bugs in Your Home

After returning home from your hotel stay, it’s a good idea to monitor your home and yourself for any signs that you may have been infested with bed bugs as a result. Some common signs of a problem with bed bugs include:

Bed bug bite
Bed bug bite

Itchy, Red Bites

Most of the time, people don’t even realise that they have bed bugs until they notice the bites. Not everybody reacts to bed bug bites, but if you do, you might notice red, flat welts in small clusters, straight rows, or zig-zag lines that are itchy and quite irritating. 

Bugs in the Bed

One of the most obvious signs that you have bed bugs is bugs in the bed. While they might hide in the bed, they will leave small blood stains behind after biting, which look like rust spots in the bed. Most of the time you will find these close to the edges and corners of the bed. There may also be oval, brown exoskeletons in the bed since bed bugs shed their skin. 

Uncomfortable Sleep

Given their name, bed bugs will often be found in the bed, where we spend most of our time at night. Since bed bugs are at their most active at night while we are sleeping in bed, having them in your home can make for some uncomfortable nights. If you have been finding yourself itching at night or struggling to sleep due to the sensation of something crawling around in the bed, it’s likely that bed bugs are the issue. 

Unpleasant Smell

Another common sign of bed bugs is an unpleasant, strong, and musty smell. This is often a problem that will occur when there are a lot of bed bugs present since they release pheromones that can have quite a strong odour. If your bedroom stinks even though you are keeping it clean and you aren’t sure why, then bed bugs might be the reason behind it. 

Marks on Shoulders and Arms

When you are asleep in bed, the bed bugs tend to feed on exposed skin, such as your shoulders and arms, which tend to be more likely to be left uncovered when you are in bed. Marks on the shoulders and arms rather than other places on your body like your feet or ankles are indicative of the problem being bed bugs rather than another pest such as fleas. 

While you can’t guarantee that there won’t be any bed bugs present when you stay in a hotel, the good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent taking them back home.

Professional Local Exterminator You Can Rely On – Bed Bugs Killers

Bon Accord provides specialist pest control services to individuals and businesses throughout London. Our pest control technicians have the extensive knowledge and experience required to diagnose and resolve even the most stubborn pest infestations rapidly and comprehensively. When we’re through, we guarantee your home or business will be completely free from pests.

We offer bed bug heat treatment, spraying bed bugs with bed bugs spray and extermination.

Karin HarndenKarin Harnden
17:14 05 May 24
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21:02 11 Apr 24
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23:29 02 Apr 24
Gabriel provided great service , responded quickly on an emergency for pest infestation, professional and friendly. No more pests at home.
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21:53 02 Apr 24
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20:26 20 Feb 24
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