Bed bugs are on the rise in homes and hotel rooms across Australia and other countries because of a huge increase in international travel.
So what is the best way to avoid getting bitten in a hotel room?
According to the experts, the insects can be found on almost every surface of the room. But as they prefer dark crevices where they can hide properly, they are unlikely to be found in the bathroom.
So as soon as you get into your room for the first time, head straight to the bathroom and put your luggage in the tub.
That way, if you find any bugs during a search of the rest of the room, you can rest assured they are unlikely to have snuck into your bags.
The next thing you should do is check the mattress and the bed frame for signs of bedbugs, as these are the most likely places to find them, followed by the sofa.
The critters can also be found hiding in the cupboards, along the skirting boards where the wall meets the fabric of the carpet, and inside or behind the bedside tables.
If you spot any small blood smears, tiny faeces that resemble a sprinkling of ground pepper, or any small white eggs, there is a chance your room could have bed bugs and you should report the situation to the front desk immediately.
In January, a Scottish holiday-maker revealed that her romantic getaway with her partner in Portugal turned into a nightmare after flesh-eating bedbugs left her in unbearable pain.
Nicola Stone said about two days into her stay in a Lisbon hotel, she noticed a “pin prick” on her arm that she ignored.
But the next morning she woke up with severe bites all over her body — and, just as startling, her bed was covered with blood and bug poo.