“Goodnight, sleep tight, and make sure the bed bugs don’t bite!”
This isn’t just a charming rhyme recited to kids to help them get to sleep. Bed bugs are actually a very real thing and are characteristic of a poorly cleaned and inspected bedroom. Nobody likes being attacked by blood-sucking parasites at the best of times, and bed bugs, in particular, can carry fairly foul diseases and infections. So imagine how your experience at a hotel may be marred if you check in and find out you’re sharing your roomed with the little blighters.
This can occur at any hotel, and whether you’re staying at a cheap motel or the Ritz Carlton, you need to know what to do if you find something crawling under the covers.
Before You Settle In
If you’re suspicious about the cleanliness of a hotel room, then perform the following steps.
- Place your bags in the tub while you do your inspection then away from the bed by the door or in the bathroom – this makes it less likely for bed bugs to get into your luggage and clothing.
- Remove the covers and the bedsheets and carefully search the mattress with a flashlight for signs of bedbugs. This is the most basic search, and bed bugs are most likely going to be in the mattress.
- Check the luggage rack, wardrobe and chests as well. Bed bugs may be hiding in there too.
- If you’re really wanting to be certain, look for any cracks in the walls and behind picture frames. Bed bugs have been known to hide in such placed.
If at any point during your search you discover bed bugs, whether living or dead, immediately report it to the front desk and ask to be moved to a new room. Make sure you inspect that room carefully once again for bed bugs.
Hotels have the responsibility to inspect for bed bugs every time they are cleaning the room, which means it should have been inspected right before your stay. But many times the maids are in a hurry and do not do a proper inspection.
Once you get home, give you, your bags and your laundry a good wash. While you may not have picked up any bed bugs during your short presence with them, it pays to be cautious.
Can I Take Legal Action?
Yes if you have been bitten, but you will have to prove that there were bed bugs and you were bitten. Take photographs of the bed bugs and you bite marks. The simple act of seeing bed bugs in a hotel’s mattress is not grounds for a civil action.
If you’re ever uncertain how to proceed, then contact me. I will be able to better advise you on how to present your case to court, and make known any legal options you might have.