Before checking into a hotel, ask the hotel if they have a
bedbug prevention and treatment plan and what it entails.

You want to make sure that they conduct proactive inspections and work with pest management companies to quickly treat any infestation.

If you encounter any marking like clusters of peppered dots,
shed skins, blood smears or evidence of bed bugs you should ask for a new room.  With the bedbug scare, hotel staff should be more than willing to oblige.

Also, ask that the new room be at least two floors away from the initial room as bed bugs travel via the wallboards, plumbing pipes, electrical sockets and wiring.

Check the area immediately surrounding the bed: behind picture frames, behind the headboard,  under the telephone and alarm clock, the nightstands and even in books.

Finally research has shown that most bedbugs are found within 15 feet of a bed, but could potentially be further away. Check in the cushions and seams of any couches or soft chairs, and in the closet before putting your clothes away.