A hospitality expert has gone viral with her hack that makes travelers lift their mattresses in search of blood-sucking bedbugs.

Hotel and travel expert halewho has been in the industry for 15 years and is based in the US, shared her tips for checking your rooms for unwanted guests that will make your skin itchy.

From turning off all the lights and closing the blinds to checking every corner and fold of your mattress, the hospitality expert has detailed what you need to do to catch those bloodsucking bugs before they get to you.

In a viral step-by-step video, Halee, who regularly posts her tips Instagram and TikTok, explained how to search your room for bedbugs — which can be found on beds, couches, walls, sheets, and headboards — “before you even unpack.”

US-based hotel and travel expert Halee has gone viral with her hack where travelers lift their mattresses to check for blood-sucking bedbugs

The hospitality expert has worked in the hotel industry for 15 years and shared that guests should always check for bed bugs ‘before unpacking’

From turning off all the lights to checking every corner of your mattress, the hospitality expert has detailed what to do to catch bed bugs (stock image)

Sleep well and don’t let the bed bugs bite by following Halee’s tips

  • Bed bugs are small insects that survive on the blood of humans and animals and feed at night.
  • You should check for bed bugs ‘before you unpack’ and turn off all lights and use your phone flashlight while searching.
  • Lift your mattress, mattress base, check mattress corners, folds, sofas and headboards.
  • If you don’t see bed bugs, but you do see blood stains, this is an indication that bed bugs are in the area.

A duet with a family of three who claimed to be staying in a room with bed bugs, Halee shared a video captioned, “This is how to check your hotel room before you even unpack.”

“The first thing you want to do is make sure your room is dark: turn off the lights, close any curtains, and use the flashlight on your phone,” she explained.

“And while it’s all off, you get under the covers here… you’re going to check all the creases here on the bed.

‘She [bed bugs] usually like to hang out in the corners and the folds. Note if there is also a mattress protector,” she said at the beginning of her video.

She explained that the reason you should keep an eye out for bedbugs after dark is because they are active at night, so they are more likely to look for their prey.”

Then the hospitality expert explained that even if you don’t see the bugs yourself, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

She added that you should check for “blood stains” for signs of bed bugs.

“Even if you don’t see any bugs, make sure you check for spots. [Even] bloodstains, because that’s not a good sign either,” Halee said.

Bloodstains are an indication that the bed is near, as the bloodstains are filled with the beetle’s blood-filled droppings.

She added that you should check for bloodstains and take pictures if you find any signs of insects and request a new room on the ‘other side’ of the hotel

She explained that the reason you should keep an eye out for bedbugs after dark is because they are active at night, so they are more likely to look for their prey.”

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According to the CDC, bed bugs tend to live “within six feet of people who sleep,” and while many think otherwise, the areas where bed bugs are found aren’t actually dirtier than others.

Get Bit? Here’s what to do if you find bed bugs in your room

  • If you find bed bugs in your room, take pictures of everything and document the “check-in time, room number, everything.”
  • Make a note of everything before going to the front desk and requesting a new room on the other side of the hotel.
  • If you’ve found bed bugs after you’ve been bitten, “pack all your things and put them in plastic bags first” to avoid dragging something and changing rooms.

Another indication that bed bugs are around are signs of their shed exoskeletons after molting, this is usually found in areas such as beds or couches.

In a follow-up video, Halee said that if you find bed bugs in your hotel, you should “document everything.”

She noted that guests must document the “time of check-in, room number, everything.”

She then explained that you have to ‘take pictures’ and write everything down before going to the front desk and requesting a new room.

Halee explained that most hotels will refund you and give you a new room, but she noted that you should always ask to move to the ‘other side of the hotel’ because bed bugs travel easily.

She added that if you find bed bugs after being bitten, “The first thing to do is pack all your belongings and put them in plastic bags.

‘You can even go to the reception to get the household bags, because you don’t want that with you to your car or somewhere else, you want to close all that as quickly as possible.

“Once you’ve done that, go to the front desk and take everything with you, they’ll probably give you your money back and try to find you a new room.

“Keep in mind that just because they’re in one room doesn’t mean they’re in all the rooms.”

Bed bugs are small insects that survive on the blood of humans and animals and feed at night.

They are often found on mattresses, headboards and other furniture or fabrics.

Bed bugs come from other infested furniture or areas and can even hitch a ride on clothes, suitcases, purses and backpacks.

They are known for their reddish brown color and flat shape and according to the CDCbed bugs tend to live ‘within two meters of people who sleep’ and while many think otherwise, the areas where bed bugs are found are not really dirtier than others.

Users were shocked by the travel expert’s video and many even said they’ve been following these tricks for years

Users were shocked by the travel expert’s video, and many even said they’ve been following these tricks for years.

One user said: ‘I travel for work and we had bed bugs a long time ago. Now I obsessively check every hotel, no matter how luxurious.’

Another user adds: ‘I also work in hotels and always do.’

One user commented, “I appreciate you!”

“As a housekeeper, that’s the first thing I do in every room before cleaning,” adds one user.