A guide to hotel bedrooms and Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are one of natures hitch-hikers. They can be very well-travelled and always at someone else’s expense. Staying in a hotel can be a great way to unwind, but it can also be the start of months of problems that last long after the hotel bill has been paid.

The most common way for bed bugs to be brought back to your home is through travelling and staying in hotels. If you keep in mind the thought that the room you are staying in for a night or two (and importantly, the bed),  will have had quite literally, hundreds of people sleeping in it before you. And those previous hotel guests might have also stayed in numerous hotels all over the world. That is how Bed Bugs spread so rapidly and easily. In other words, staying in a hotel for just one night might be the start of something that will take some time to resolve.

So, what can you do to prevent bringing Bed Bugs home? A quick 5 minute hotel room check list might you saves months of work, lots of stress and considerable expense. And don’t assume that because it’s a 5 star hotel it’s going to be free of bed bugs. We get calls from hotels at both end of the star rating. Studies show that most bed bugs are found within 15 feet of a bed, but obviously some may be further away. So the bed area requires close scrutiny.

  • Check behind your headboards
  • Check the mattress for bed bug signs (small dark brown stains or spotting on bedding)
  • Remove the bedding and check the mattress itself
  • Check upholstered chairs, drawers, carpets, closets
  • Check all the nooks and crannies of your hotel room
  • Don’t leave your suitcase on the bed, floor, or chairs in hotels

bed bugs on a mattress

And if you do find Bed Bugs…..

We English don’t like to kick up a fuss, but if you do find signs of bed bug, then tell the hotel you want another room and preferably, on a different floor altogether because quite often, it is a whole level that is infected, not just one room. Most hotels will move you without question.

Bedbugs don’t transmit disease, but they can  carry germs picked up from other humans.

Post hotel plan.

When you return home following a holiday that involved staying in a hotel, you need to follow a few simple tips. Firstly, don’t empty you suitcase in your bedroom. If possible, open as close as you can to the washing machine. Bedbugs can’t live in temperatures above 122 degrees Fahrenheit, so a good hot wash will kill any that you might have brought back. Dry cleaning is also an excellent way to kill bed bugs. Then vacuum your suitcase before putting it away. And finally, place the suitcase in a sealed plastic bag / bin liner. This last safety measure is just in case you missed a bed bug and if so, it will be trapped on the inside.

  • Don’t empty you suitcase in your bedroom
  • Wash every item of clothing (even if you haven’t worn it)
  • Vacuum your suitcase before putting it away


NEW- Bed Bug steam killer from Polti

If you have a Bed Bug problem that needs addressing, but you don’t want to use harmful chemicals, the Polti Bed Bug Eradicator might be the answer you have been looking for.

polti steam killer

The fast acting Bed Bug killer produces super-heated steam at 180 degrees that instantly  kills adults Bed Bugs, larvae and importantly, un-hatched eggs. Unlike chemical products, which can sometimes require three or four treatments to eradicate a heavy infestation, the super-heated dry steam of the Polti Cimex Eradicator can completely eliminate the problem in a fraction of the time.

Ideally suited to hotels and guest houses, it can also be used around your home.

When using, attention to detail needs to be taken ensuring that the steam reaches all the nooks and crannies where Bed Bugs might hide.

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A guide to avoid bringing bed bugs home from holiday

Bed bugs are nasty hitchhikers that have tortured many a traveller returning home. Make sure you don’t bring any of these bugs home by keeping in mind the S.L.E.E.P. acronym, which reminds us how to look for bed bugs and take care of our luggage.

Just one female bed bug could lay eggs and quickly cause an infestation. Although you can check a Bed Bug Registry to try to avoid hotels with reported bed bug problems or eliminate bed bugs with a DIY hot box, for any hotel stay it’s wise to check for signs of bed bugs (who hide even in the cleanest homes and finest hotels).


Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts.
Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard, and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day, they are most likely found within a 5-foot radius of the bed.
Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind head boards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.

By Melanie Pinola


An adult bed bug (Cimex lectularius) with the ...
An adult bed bug.

The fast acting smoke bomb for killing Bed Bugs releases a chemical smoke which kills all insects it comes into contact with in an enclosed area. It is ideal for infestations of bed bugs giving fast results.  Also it gives effective control of flying and crawling insects in difficult to reach places, loft spaces, empty glasshouses, bedrooms etc.

The smoke fumigators don’t leave any lasting smell or chemical film.

Simply close the doors and windows of the room to be cleaned and light small fuse on the top the fogger. Leave it for 2 hours before re-entering the room. Open the windows to let some fresh air into your room before giving the carpet a thorough vacuum cleaning to  remove any dead insects.

Note: The smoke will only be effective where it can get to or circulate around. For example, if your bed goes down to the carpet, the smoke will not get under the bed, therefore you might need to move some furniture.