“London based hotel staff and visitors must be more bed bug vigilant.”

With bed bugs on the rise and becoming more resilient to treatments, Darren Williams senior service manager at Dyno-Pest warns that, “Hotel visitors and the housekeeping staff in hotels in the Greater London area must become more vigilant. What we see on our daily call outs are busy housekeeping teams with no time on their hands for bed bug checking. They make up the beds with clean linen but they don’t inspect the mattresses for signs of bedbugs. What’s more visitors are relaxed and so they don’t check beds or the surrounding areas for bed bugs despite the growing number of bed bug horror stories in the news.”

Darren warns that an unwitting visitor can bring bed bugs into a hotel in their luggage or, they can be met with a full on pre-existing infestation in the room; one that does not manifest itself until a painful and itchy rash appears overnight.

“Holidaymakers can take precautions,” says Darren. “For example they can thoroughly check the bed and the mattress. Bed bugs can be in the seams of a mattress or on the bed frame. We also advise that suitcases are not left open on the floor, especially near the bed and the skirting boards.”

“Visitors should be aware too that bed bugs don’t discriminate between the most opulent hotel chains and the budget ones. We treat infestations at some of the most luxurious well appointed hotels and apartments in the Greater London area.”

Please contact Dyno-Pest if you are experiencing problems with bed bugs or you would like to implement an early detection programme.

What to look for

Bedbugs are oval, brown, wingless insects measuring around 4-6mm. You rarely see them in the flesh, but can often see traces of where they have been, in the form of brown spots or bloodstains from previous victims.

They have been described as “messy eaters, unlike mosquitoes that generally only bite once, and carry on biting until satisfied. The bites can be intensely itchy but have never been shown to be capable of transmitting any disease” Their eggs are white. When they have feasted on a person, their colour is a deep red brown.