They do not fly but they can move easily and quickly over ceilings, walls and floors. But the female bedbugs are the most dangerous because they may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime. It happens to most of the hotels and hostels due to the fact that they enter the room through clothes, mostly luggage. They naturally tend to live in groups and in hidden places, but their favorite place to live in is under mattresses and bed frames, usually places where they can hide and where they have a direct access to people to bite during the night.
However, Hostels try to be very cautious and careful when it comes to bedbugs, because if they happened to be found at any of their rooms that would be bad publicity and that would mean that the hostels will lose a lot of clients. If you are suspecting that one of your rooms is infested by bedbugs, here are 4 ways to properly inspect the room:
1. Start with the bed and by placing the sheets out as flat as possible inspect each sheet carefully by using your flashlight. Pay particular attention to the edges, corners, folds, and seams.
2. Closely examine the folds and visible seams in the corner of the mattress for signs of bed bugs. Use the credit card to peel back the seams of the bed to see beneath them. Bed bugs often squeeze into small crevices to hide, especially during the day. While you’re examining the corners, make sure you lift the mattress itself to look beneath it. Also, they are very sticky, so they might get stuck to the creases of the bed.
3. The headboard is one of the most popular of those hiding places. You have to check along the grooves, behind the bed, and then against the wall. And also you have to check the nightstands as long as you’re underneath there.
4. Check the curtains. Simply give the inside and outside of the curtains a detailed inspection. Make sure you smooth out any wrinkles to make sure you are seeing the entire curtain, and whatever that might be in it.
Take these steps to properly inspect the room, because it’s very important to prevent bedbugs from spreading at your hotel/ hostel. If you are suspecting that one of your guests was touched by bedbugs do not feel sorry to tell them because they would appreciate more the honesty, and would show more respect knowing that you take the issue of bedbugs very seriously. Because heat remains bedbug’s best enemy, recommend the person, to try drying the luggage and then all of the clothes. After all it can happen to any of us.