Massachusetts bed bug alert
Summer travel season is an important time to be aware of the risks posed by bed bugs. Whether you're staying in a hotel, Airbnb, bed and breakfast, or any other type of accommodations, you should know how to inspect for bed bugs.
- Lift up the sheets and look at the seams of the mattress. Bed bugs like tight spaces, so it's possible you'll find them there.
- Look for spotting on the mattress. Bed bug waste looks like tiny black dots. If you find this, alert the hotel management.
- Check the bed frame. Bed bugs prefer to be undisturbed, so they'll commonly hide within the metal frame.
- Keep your luggage off the ground. Use the luggage racks in the closet, if available. The last thing you want is a bed bug to hitch a ride home with you.
- Ask questions. Upon check-in, ask the front desk if your room has ever had a confirmed case of bed bugs.
A visual inspection is rarely 100% accurate. It's always advisable to rely on a pest management professional, like Burgess Pest Management, to properly inspect and treat if necessary.