Bedbugs: What you need to know to avoid bedbugs on vacation

What to do when you check-in a hotel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) June 10, 2019 – Don Dare – As you head out for your vacation this summer, be vigilant about checking for bedbugs. Pest control professionals report that a majority of their business is treating hotels.

Bedbugs can be found anywhere, from luxury hotels to a summer camp. Imagine you’re on that vacation you have looked forward to, only to wake up your first morning covered in bedbug bites. The insects are so tiny, they’re difficult to see, but the bites are painful.

Bedbugs can be found almost everywhere

Experts say bedbugs like to hide out in mattresses near the bed boards. Dr. Brittany Campbell is an entomologist. She studies insects for the National Pest Management Association.

“We found that 97 percent of pest control professionals were treating for bedbugs in the United States,” Campbell said. “They can be found, I know this is surprising, but almost anywhere. They will bite you. Their bite can cause an allergic reaction. It can cause a skin reaction. Everyone’s immune system is different., but you can have an allergic reaction. In severe cases, those reactions can create blisters.”

Campbell says bedbugs are resilient creatures. They’ve developed resistance to the pesticides we have on the market now.

“They’re very difficult to control yourself, so I really encourage you to reach out to a professional,” she said.

Killing bedbugs isn’t easy

Mark Nadolski with Russell’s Pest Control says bedbugs hide in the smallest places in and around beds and box springs, and killing them isn’t easy.

How to check for bedbugs in a hotel

“I would really encourage you to go to the bed, pull down the sheets. Go all the way down to the mattress. Look in the mattress seams. That’s where bed bugs are going to hide,” she said.

If you find bedbugs in your room while on vacation, take a picture of them to show to the manager and insist on another room. If you think you have brought the bugs home with you from your vacation, it’s best to get professional help to zap an infestation.

Bed Bug Infestation Sweeping Metro Denver

FOX31 – July 18, 2017, by Keagan Harsh

DENVER — Tourists are coming to Colorado in droves this summer, and it’s not just visitors of the two-legged kind.  Our state is seeing an infestation of bed bugs.

Christina Thomas experienced it first hand. Thomas was visiting an Extended Stay America in Colorado Springs and says she woke up to find bed bugs all over her pillow.


“I woke up and three inches from my face I see a spot, and I look at it and say ‘no way, is that a bed bug?'” she said.

Christina isn’t the only person dealing with bed bugs in Colorado.

Jacob Marsh is one of several Denver exterminators absolutely overwhelmed with bed bug calls.

“It’s infestation levels over the whole city pretty much,” he said. “Right now we’re working 6 or 7 days a week,” said Marsh.

He says this is the worst time of year for bed bugs. However, Colorado’s infestation actually began several years ago. He estimates more than 3,500 homes are treated for bed bugs in the Denver area every year.


It’s a problem Marsh attributes to both the state’s growing population and Colorado’s popularity as a tourist destination.

“Denver is usually ranked 4th to 6th worst in the nation. We get a lot of good things when things are booming like it is, but unfortunately when people are coming in and traveling you also get a lot of unwanted visitors,” he said.

If you’re staying at a hotel there are things you can do to try and keep the bugs away.

First, store your luggage away from the bed on luggage racks or even in the bathroom.


Also, check the sheets, mattress, and bed frame for signs of the bugs.

One of the biggest misconceptions about bed bugs is that they’re too small to see. Most are actually about the size of an apple seed, and similar in appearance.

As for Christine Thomas, she isn’t taking any chances. She checked out of the hotel and left.

WestPoint Home “Live Free” BedBug Barrier Systems – How and Why it Works

  • Effectively kills bedbugs.
  • Prevents new bedbugs from colonizing.
  • Coverage is complete and discreet.
  • Organic and safe for human use.
  • Scalable to work on one room or an entire property.
How It Works
The nature of bedbugs requires them to feed on blood to reproduce.  In order to thrive, they must nest close to their host and feed often.  Beds are a perfect nesting spot, but bedbugs will also nest throughout your entire room.
The Live Free Bedbug Barrier System is the first complete bedbug solution.  It consists of an organic compound, called Kiltrex Powder, that actively kills bed bugs.  This Kiltrex Powder is built into various fabric products that can be installed throughout a room.  By placing these fabric products in all potential bed bug nesting sites a “barrier” is created.  Through the bedbug’s natural daily movement in search of a host they will cross this barrier.  The bedbug does not have to ingest the compound.  It only needs to come in contact with it to activate the process.  When they cross the Live Free Barrier they are exposed to the Kiltrex Powder.  Upon exposure to this compound, the bedbug activates a mechanical process that disrupts the bedbug’s outer protective layer.  Once the layer is compromised the bedbug is unable to retain body fluid and as a result it gradually weakens and dies.
Kiltrex Powder was derived from pest control technology used in the organic farming industry.  It is safe for human use and its active components such as soybean oil are used as an FDA approved protein source.  Building the Kiltrex Powder into various fabric products such as mattress covers, boxspring wraps and fabric rolls creates a set of tools that will successfully conquer even the largest bedbug infestations and prevent recurrence.