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Should I report a bed bug infestation to local authorities? Yes. Bed bugs are considered a public health nuisance and when found in hotels, prisons, nursing homes, hospitals and public transportations should be reported to the local county health or environmental health department.
Any location where people gather can be subject to bed-bug infestation, and nursing homes and assisted living facilities are no exception. With large numbers of residents, all of the ingredients that attract bed bugs are in place—which makes it important for facility managers to be proactive at the earliest sign of a problem.
Answer: If you find bed bugs in your hotel room, the first place to go would be the hotel management. Capture one of the bugs, shells, or eggs on a piece of tape and secure it in a zip-locked bag. Take it to the front desk and explain that your room has a bed bug infestation. They should be able to move you to a bed bug-free room.
Since a healthy, blood-fed female bed bug can produce from 200-500 healthy eggs during her lifetime and may lay from 2-5 eggs each day, the likelihood of an infestation of bed bugs is extremely high unless bed bug control efforts by your pest management professional are employed to eliminate the infestation.
Once a bed bug population multiplies, they can be found: behind baseboards; in cracks and crevices in furniture, floors, or walls; under cluttered areas; and in electronic appliances. A bed bug infestation is apparent by noticing black or brown spots (which are their waste products) on surfaces.