So you are concerned that bed bugs in Las Vegas will infiltrate your luggage and you'll take them back to your home and soon these little insects will overrun your peaceful existence. Well, that is a valid concern considering that it is a real threat in plenty of hotels around the world. However, the prevailing opinion is that it is not a major problem in Las Vegas.
However, you should know that if you wake up with tiny bites all over your body it is possible that bed bugs are present in the hotel room you are occupying. So what should you do if you suspect that there might be some bed bugs in your Las Vegas hotel room?
First, if you are really concerned about bed bugs you should be proactive and get the searching out of the way immediately. When you check-in do a quick inspection of the room.
How to Inspect a Room for Bed Bugs:
- Pull back the comforter or duvet and check the sheets for spots or stains that look either brownish or slightly red. Often these are telltale signs of bed bug droppings
- Pull back the sheets and check the seems of the mattress. Bed bugs hide deep in these seems and will attempt to burrow in and wait for the next victim to appear.
- You could also check furniture. Take a look at the seams and under cushions for any sign of bed bugs. (If the furniture is of a dark color I will usually use a piece of white paper and place it near these areas and check to see if any appear on the sheet)
You should know that I have stayed in every hotel on the Las Vegas strip and I have never encountered a single bed bug, however, I have not stayed in every room, it is possible that on any given day a traveler could bring in a bug from another location and contaminate a hotel. Bed bugs are real and it seems to be a growing area of concern for hotels in Las Vegas. (You should know that around the world I have seen my share of bed bugs and once again I am not saying it is a major issue in Las Vegas.)
BedBugRegistry.com allows you to plug in an address and search for a hotel that might have a possible infestation. You should keep in mind that just because a hotel had bed bugs once it does not mean it has a widespread problem. Also, realize that these are all personal reports by readers and the ability to confirm each and every account is impossible. What might be a harmless insect to a professional can be a bed bug to a weary traveler.
What does a bed bug look like?
Charlyn Keating Chisholm, About.com's Hotel's Expert does a great job of educating the reader on bed bugs as well as including some decent pictures of those tiny insects that can gross out even the most adventurous of travelers.
So What Do You Do If You Find A Bed Bug in Las Vegas?
This is where it gets tricky. You have to prove you see a bed bug, especially if it is a crowded weekend in Las Vegas. You can call downstairs and tell them that you saw a bed bug and they can send someone up to tell you that you are mistaken. That can happen. However, if you see a bug, take a picture with your cell phone? Next, walk to the front desk and ask to speak with a manager about the bed bug situation and show them the picture. They should do something about it.
If they do not take care of the situation use your phone and call the hotel and ask to speak to the Hotel Manager, you might get someone else on the phone who can address the situation. No hotel wants to hear that they have bed bugs however, remain calm, an irate visitor rarely gets what they want.
My alternate response to the bed bug issue. This is an aggressive approach and I only suggest this if you get no response and you have very good proof that the bed bugs are present. Take to the social media arena.
Tweet: “Does this look like a bed bug? I’m in a Las Vegas Hotel and I found this?” Include a picture but don't include the name of the hotel. However, send the hotel an email with the picture and ask them if they can fix this right away. You could also tweet mentioning the hotel, “@VegasHotelName just checked in and there might be a huge problem” That might get their attention.
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