A hotel employee shared her tips for overcoming one of the biggest problems travelers face in hotels.
Halee, who has worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years, shared how to inspect mattresses for any unwanted guests – we’re talking about those dreaded bed bugs.
First, she warns customers not to unpack until they’ve carefully searched the room, in a TikTok video that has been viewed more than five million times.
In order to spot the bloodsuckers’ favorite hiding places, you’ll need to turn off the lights and close the blinds. Then, use your phone’s flashlight to search for all the nooks and creases in the mattress.
“The first thing you want to do in your bedroom is turn off the lights, close all the blinds, and use a flashlight on your phone,” she said.
“While everything’s off, you’re going to come here under the covers…and check under all the folds and around the corners of the mattress.”
“They usually like to hang around in nooks and creases. You’re going to want to check under the mattress too. Also be careful if there’s a topper too.
“…If it has a traditional box spring, I always lift it up and also look underneath, up and down.”
Halee said it’s best to search for bedbugs at night because they are “nocturnal” and “are more likely to be on the lookout for prey.”
Even if you can’t see the bugs themselves, watch out for bloodstains as that means they’re there.
What if you spot bed bugs? First, put your items in bags as quickly as possible.
“So if you found out the hard way, you have a bunch of bed bug bites, you haven’t had a chance to search the room and you end up finding it, the first thing you need to do is to put all your stuff in a bag,” she said.
“Put it in plastic bags, or even double them. You can go to reception and even get the housekeeping trash bags because you don’t want to bring any of that stuff into your car or house.
Then get evidence and talk to reception.
“If you check in and search your room and find a bed bug infestation, a bug itself, or stains, take pictures, take a note and bring it to reception and ask for another room,” she suggested.
“Most hotel employees are more than likely going to give you your money back.”
She said some rooms in the same hotel might also be infested, but others might be fine.
“Just because they’re in one room doesn’t mean they’re in every room.
“What you tend to find with a bed bug infestation is that they are usually found in rooms on the sides, above, or below.
“So if you’re going to get another room, ask for one on a completely different side of the building.”
When it comes to the dirtiest places in hotel rooms, Halee said sofa beds, tops of headboards, bedside tables, mini-fridges and microwaves were the dirtiest places. disgusting.