When arriving at the hotel
•Pre-arrange for early hotel check-in so you can have more time to inspect for bed bugs.*Note: For a first-person story of a hotel bed bug encounter, blogger Oz Gal provided a creepy one.
• Here’s where your flashlight comes in handy! Inspect all the nooks and crannies of your hotel room, especially around mattresses, box springs, upholstered chairs, drawers, headboards, carpets, closets, and wall hangings. Indications of bed bug infestations include dark fecal spots, dried blood spots, eggs, and of course bed bugs – dead or alive.
• If possible, look behind your headboard to better inspect the bed as well as the headboard itself. (Bed bugs often reside in bed boards as they can remain there for longer amounts of uninterrupted time – without having the cleaners change the sheets daily like they do on the mattresses.)
• Pull the sheets off the mattresses and inspect all edges and folds in both the mattress and the box spring.
I laughed when I read this advice--imagining what other curious items hotel guests are finding behind their headboards, under the mattresses, and beneath the box springs during these self-initiated critter inspections.
In my policing days, searching around these areas in hotel rooms was usually an adventure; one best performed with durable protective gloves and on an empty stomach.
I found shotguns, handguns, shell casings, narcotics and equipment, and plenty of other disgusting things hidden that I have blocked from memory.
Here are two recent examples of what can be found in a hotel room:
Example #1 (the remains of a missing person)
Example #2 (the potent toxin Ricin)
I'll close with a thought: I believe that some of the folks who fear a bed bug infestation and search their hotel room as recommended may in the end preferred to have just found the annoying little reddish-brown insects.