A hotel worker has shared some of her top tips for travelers in order to check whether the room they’re staying in might have bed bugs.
Travel expert Halee, who has worked in the industry for 15 years and is based in the US, revealed a list of things you should do “before you even unpack”.
“The first thing you’re going to want to do is make sure your room is dark; turn off the lights, close any shades, and use the flashlight on your phone,” she explained in a video on her tik tok account.
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“And while everything is off, you’re going to come up here under the covers… you’re going to check on all the creases here on the bed.
“They [bed bugs] usually like to hang out in the corners and the creases. Pay attention if there’s a mattress pad, too.”
She added you should check for ‘blood spots’ for signs of bed bugs.
“Even if you don’t see bugs, make sure you check for spots. Blood spots. Because that’s not a good sign, either,” she said.
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In a follow-up video, Halee said if you do find bed bugs in your hotel, you should “document everything” and then request a new room on the “other side of the hotel”.
“Keep in mind just because they’re in one room, doesn’t mean they’re in all the rooms,” she added.
Bed bugs are insects that feed on blood, usually at night. Their bites can result in a number of health impacts including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed bug bites may lead to skin changes ranging from small areas of redness to prominent blisters.
Plenty of people thanked Halee for her advice in the comments.
“Bed bugs are my literal worst nightmare,” one person said. “Yep I put my luggage in the bathtub and check the beds and furniture! I am terrified of getting bed bugs,” another wrote.
While another person warned: “I work in pest control, and it will shock people how many hotel rooms have bed bugs.”
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