How to check for bed bugs in a hotel?

When you stay at a hotel, you must always be careful about bed bugs. Especially when it’s about a underrated hotel, you need to know how to check for bed bugs in a hotel. So, how to look for bed bugs in a hotel room?

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are annoying creatures because you have already bitten when you realize that you have bed bugs around.

Bed bugs are little bugs which are 1 to 5 mm and usually feed at nights. They have no wings, they can’t fly or jump.

Main physical features of bed bugs are below:

  • Oval-shaped
  • Flatted
  • Reddish-brown colored (Close to red when recently fed)
  • 1 to 5 mm sized

For more information about what they look like, you can check this post:

a bed bug reversed


Which hotels can have bed bugs?

There is no certain answer to this question. Although you think that those hotels which have 5-stars or recommended for a lot of people may not have bed bugs, cleaning or having stars is not enough to keep bed bugs away.

Because there may be to scenarios about bed bugs:

  • Hotel room is not cleaned and controlled regularly so, bed bugs are always there
  • Hotel room is cleaned and controlled regularly but, a visitor can bring them with him or her.

Even so, choosing a hotel which has a fame around or 4 or 5 stars could be good to stay away from bed bugs.

hote room with 2 white beds

Where do bed bugs hide?

Bed bugs do not host on human or pets. They prefer to host on cracks or holes or clothes and turn back to their hosts after they feed on you.

So those places are possible hosts for bed bugs:

  • Cracks
  • Holes
  • Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Beds
  • Walls
  • Behind pictures

a hotel corridor

Where to look for bed bugs in a hotel room?

A hotel room usually consists of one single room with some stuff in it. Main stuff in a hotel room are a bed, a tv, a table and chair, a mini bar, a few dressers, a carpet and some furniture.

So before you settle in a hotel, you must check for bed bugs in your room. I know this is not going to be easy, but taking precautions is always better than solving problems.

How to check bed bugs in a hotel room?

You must follow these steps to check bed bugs in a hotel room:

  • Look around and find any cracks or holes if they exist
  • Remove carpet and look under it
  • Open furniture and check inside carefully
  • If there are pictures on the wall check behind them
  • Remove mattress and check under it
  • Take out pillow cases and check inside
  • Scan every corner carefully

You can use a flashlight even in the morning while searching bed bugs around.

a hotel room with a bed and desk lamp

What to do when you find bed bugs in a hotel room?

Bed bugs and their eggs are usually together in their hosts. So, if there are bed bugs around, you will probably see them.

When you find bed bugs in the room, you must call hotel crew immediately. After doing this, you will have two options: To move another room or to move another hotel!

If you have time for that, my advice for you is to leave that hotel and look for a new one.

Even if you leave the hotel, there is one last thing you need to do. You must check your suitcase and dresses for bed bugs and do not forget to check your clothes on your body too.

After you turn back to your home, you must wash all your clothes with hot water or dry them.

Warn others about the hotel

There are al lot of websites that you can post your views about hotels. May be it seems harsh, but you must warn other people about bed bugs at that hotel by posting your comment about the hotel.

a hotel room with a bed and picture


Never underestimate bed bugs! Maybe you can think that it’s a low possibility to have bed bugs in your hotel room and you can deal with them after they bit you but, this will be the worst behavior about bed bugs.

The main problem about bed bugs is they don’t only bite you, but also can travel with you towards to your home.

And when you have a few bed bugs at home, that means you will have hundreds of bed bugs in several months.

Even if you do not believe that you can find them, you must look for bed bugs in a hotel room. Bed bugs are not invisible and eggs, nymphs and adult bed bugs are visible to human eye.

Do not trust the cleaning or stars of the hotel and before accessing there, learn how to check for bed bugs in a hotel.

For more information about bed bugs, you can check these posts below:

How to check for bed bugs?


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