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How To Tell When You’re Sleeping in a Room with Bedbugs or Ghosts

Updated on August 9, 2012
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Flying IN? Would you sleep in a room with bedbugs or ghosts?

You can’t avoid the intriguing facts learning what could come as ‘freebies’ during your check-in into a hotel guest room whether the location is out in a town or in a bustling city.

­­If you had a past blood-sucking experience with parasites or any paranormal activity in your hotel room, would you know how to be prepared and handle it the next time you book for a stay?

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The Parasite: Bedridden bedbugs!

Check ‘The BedBug Registry’. You pay nothing, just go online. Depending on how updated the website is, there has been gathered reports of 20, 000 bedbug infested establishments on a wide coverage in 12,000 locations across the United States and Canada. But is it reliable enough? Perhaps, but not enough. There are still many businesses in the hospitality category that keep bedbug reports to themselves. Why? Certainly, we know why. With experiences working in hotels, for sure this blood-sucking nature does not call for a vampire slayer, but always gets its immediate attention from the housekeeping, security departments and the bedbug removal people.

What’s a bed bug?

A bed bug does not exist out from nowhere. It travels with a traveller who carries a bed bug from home into his luggage. Bed bugs could attach onto clothing.

A bed bug is a small, oval parasite. It feeds on humans or animals by sucking its blood. Bed bugs don’t really have full wings nor similar cape as the classic vampire wears, but the wings of a bed bug is undeveloped. A bed bug looks closely similar to a tick or a tiny roach, but reddish-brown in colour. While vamps don’t turn red after sucking blood, the bed bug does turn more reddish after nourishment. Adult bed bug reaches up to 7 mm in length. The bugs are too tiny to quickly spot them with your naked eye.

How to identify bedbugs in your hotel room before becoming a victim?

  1. The arrival. Upon arriving to your room, avoid the free diving and spreading of arms on the bed. Don’t be too quick to unpack your luggage.
  2. The search. Start acting like a vamp slayer except that you are not searching in the dark. Strip the sheets or bed check in the edges of the mattress where these parasites linger. If you can’t put them back nicely, request for housekeeping service just to set the beddings, normally you don’t get tidying service when you just checked in. Inspect the headboard and bedframe. These bedbugs are active at night, the dark areas supposedly, and take cover during the day. Hmm, sounds familiar?
  3. The best part. If you don’t get bitten in the night, you’re in luck; still double check for traces of blood stains on your sheets. It may come as tiny brown or rusty-looking dots.

At a countryside inn, stripping the sheets to inspect for any bedbugs.
At a countryside inn, stripping the sheets to inspect for any bedbugs. | Source
Is it an orb? One of the hotels in Buffalo. Other orbs could appear really dense and bright.
Is it an orb? One of the hotels in Buffalo. Other orbs could appear really dense and bright. | Source
A seemingly 'almost there' apparition in Jefferson Hotel.
A seemingly 'almost there' apparition in Jefferson Hotel. | Source
Orbs in a haunted room in Red House Hotel.
Orbs in a haunted room in Red House Hotel. | Source

The Paranormal: Ghostly visits in your hotel room!

Are you an adventurous traveller or a ghost hunter? If so, checking-in into a haunted guest room in a hotel in a town or a city would pay you a surprise experience you’ll never forget during your stay. The ghost or ghosts (if there is more than one, sometimes they come in threes) is fairly enjoying a sharing of stay with you, even in your bed. How’s that for your stay?

Why are there ghosts in a hotel room?

Ever heard of an ancient burial ground, perhaps past cemetery grounds or merely guests who had committed suicide in the room? There are guests who could die in bed from a lingering illness, a silent sleep that never woke them and in not-so-rare cases, a murder. These poor souls carried on an unfinished business (huh, the business people on business trips), the rejection of dying early from being ill, the cowardly approach to solving problems in their lives and the restless haunting of a life cut short by murderous acts from mischief, jealousy rage, and whatever it may be.

Hotel management struggle to keep unwanted accidents (leaping from windows and floors) by guests and murders that take place in the rooms even reaching the floor hallways and elevator as secured secrets except if media is involved and it has gone published. Leaks come from valuable sources too like staff and other employees who are just as more as excited to expose happenings when they are to keep ‘things’ hush-hush.

What to watch if you sensed that you are not alone?

How do you tell if your hotel room is genuinely haunted by a frequent spirit or entity? Creepy hotels are composed of all the necessary creepiness from squeaky floors to non-stop tapping of water faucets, but how about the high end hotels? They actually are the same, for spirits don’t choose where they are most comfortable to make their presence known to you.

  1. Shadows. Check around your view. Is it making any reflection or shadowy figures?
  2. The spook. Lamp lights flicker on and off. Room phone rings for no reason. Radio suddenly went off really loud. Toilet and shower turn on by itself. Doors shutting and opening not coming from your energy. Call and request for maintenance to check.
  3. Hearing voices and footsteps? Look around and observe. Oddly, if it comes back to keep you awake the whole night, something must be trying to get your attention. Wouldn’t it be challenging to bring with you a digital tape recorder and turn it on for the night?
  4. When things or your personal items moved. I take note or try to remember how I lay my things (like small stuff) if I really want to know if someone touches it while I’m away. You can avoid regular room service so you will know that no room attendant has moved your stuff.
  5. Touching to make you believe. If you’re not imagining it, now, that’s some spirit in the room with you.

Bring along a camera around with you like a good buddy. Hold it above your head and take random snapshots not focusing on a certain object. Who knows what you might accomplish? A floating orb (can be light or dense white; round or orbs in a line form called vortex), an ectoplasm (a substance or spiritual energy formation) or an apparition.

Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite and don’t be a host to a ghost or else you’re toast!

At a cemetery.

This is an edited photo of the shot I took inside St. James Cemetery and added which is obviously a ghost-like figure.  I still get spooked even if I know it was not there and if it was, I can't imagine what I could have done right that same moment.
This is an edited photo of the shot I took inside St. James Cemetery and added which is obviously a ghost-like figure. I still get spooked even if I know it was not there and if it was, I can't imagine what I could have done right that same moment. | Source
They look like spirit orbs, but only a professional ghost hunter can tell.  Photo taken inside St. James Cemetery, Toronto.
They look like spirit orbs, but only a professional ghost hunter can tell. Photo taken inside St. James Cemetery, Toronto. | Source
My dog seemed to see something that I haven't seen.  There were three more like shots following this photo, and my dog seemed stunned with his stare and position to the direction he was facing.
My dog seemed to see something that I haven't seen. There were three more like shots following this photo, and my dog seemed stunned with his stare and position to the direction he was facing. | Source

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    • CrisSp profile image

      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      OMG, I just had a dream this morning (yup, came home past midnight and went to bed by around 3AM) that there are bed bugs on my pillows. By noon, soon as I woke up I went to buy new sets of pillow from Wallmart. Lol, the anxiety it gave me! I know it was just a dream and there's no bed bugs really. It's just me! Crazy! Eww, I hate bugs, makes me shiver. Any kind of bugs. Period. I think ghosts sound more exciting to me. Lol! Good hub!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Sayyyy..... something tells me you won't be offered a job with any hotel associations writing this sort of thing. Really interesting and informative too.

      Some people go out of their way to stay at supposedly "haunted" hotels as part of the adventure. We booked a room at the Wheeler Hotel on the Oregon coast. In doing further research abou the area, I found it was rumored to be haunted. We were there a few days and nothing too spooky happened, but I did get a pretty good poem out of it.

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Interesting information.

      I travel quite a bit and I am happy to saythat I have not encountered bed bugs. They probably know better - I bite back. (LOL)

      I like your photos! Your puppy did look a little concerned ... who knows ...

      Thanks for sharing your experiences.

      Cheers!

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Love the combination of bedbugs and ghosts, very creative. Pretty interesting and informative hub voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi CrisSp! Funny how you hate bugs so much; I like bugs but definitely not this one, haha. Got to read more ghost stories...I am really learning something from a book I'm reading. :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi xstatic! I had worked in three hotels, and one, a 5 star and had stayed in a creepy "house-type hotel" in Boston too. Sad and awful things do happen so I have to be discreet not to mention names in this hub except with the photo sources that are not mine.

      It was in this 5 star hotel that I experienced seeing a floating woman (obviously) maybe 3 to 4 inches above the carpeted hall. Since the entity or 'it' was in a very black frilly long skirt down to her ankle and black shoes (I don't remember seeing a skin tone). I say long skirt since it was almost touching the floor, but there was no upper torso, so no head either, just the lower part. The 'it' was coming towards my direction on the hotel's 7th floor hallway. I had worked in this hotel as an artist and I went up to this floor to hide crying. The black ghost of a woman or 'it' turned to the washroom and I followed like 5-6 meters away, not quick to realize that I just saw a ghost! I guess I was engulfed in my own unhappy feelings that afternoon.

      The washroom had 2 doors. When I went inside after the 'black' woman to refresh my face facing a wide wall mirror (all four cubicles reflecting on the mirror), I noticed that not one of all four cubicles was locked. So I turned around and bent down to see if I'd find the lady's feet underneath in one of the cubicles (because I believe that she is still in there) and I did not see anyone come out yet. But to my fright, she was not there! I zoomed out without drying my face, hurried down the staircase back to my department avoiding an elevator ride. What if 'it' would follow me inside the elevator? I got so terrified!

      A waiter was sent up to look for me and I met him on my way down. I told him of what I saw and he confirmed that this ghost is "The Black Lady" as known to other employees of the hotel who had seen her during their shifts on the 7th floor. I vowed never to wander around the guest floors ever again!

      Though it frightens me just thinking of having to encounter another spirit again (as they say that once you see a spirit especially an apparition, chances are you will be vulnerable to seeing more...yikes!), I also feel excited to visit haunted places the likes of inns, castles, museums, restaurants, a stay in a haunted hotel room like what others do for mere adventure (as you are saying). Ghosts select their audience I've learned from what I've read and it would be such an experience if...

      Do you still have the poem? I am excited to read it. :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hahahaha, funny (biting back), Mr. Happy! Thanks for complimenting my photos. And I do believe that my dog for sure was a little concerned. They could see; glad that he didn't bark crazily or that would send me pulling him with me and rushing towards the iron gates!

      Cheers to you too!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi DS Duby! What made me write this hub is that I felt a sharp piercing bite underneath my thigh while I was in bed. Immediately, I thought of a bedbug! Of course we have no bedbugs at home and there was no red spot of a bite on my skin either. What could that be, I wondered? Or was that from a dream just like CrisSp? Then, I wasn't able to sleep again til morning just thinking of bedbugs! Words came flashing in my head but I had no notepad and pen ready on my night table. Also, thoughts of ghosts came into view consciously inside my sleepy head probably from a book that I am still reading. I thought, why not get up early and make a hub out of it while my ideas are active, hehehe.

      Thanks so much for a happy compliment! Take care!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bedbugs are something that puts horror into people, they are so hard to get rid of when they invade. I have known people to throw out furniture in order to get rid of the pests.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      What a scary thing that was on the 7th floor! The poem I mentioned was Charley's Hat, and it is here on HP.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank God, I have not encountered any bedbug yet, unlike the floating 'Black Lady'. :) Hope you'll find pretty butterflies around you today, teaches!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you xstatic! I am excited to read your poem. I'll check it out. :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wow!! This is fascinating. We are celebrating the Hungry Ghosts Festival here in Singapore where I come from, and these are really interesting ideas on hauntings. Thanks for the share, Coffeegginmyrice! I enjoyed it, votes up and away!!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi midget38, now it is making me curious about the Hungry Ghosts Festival in Singapore. I would like to know more about it, perhaps I'll google it soon. Thank you for your comments! Enjoy the festival; must be lots of fun.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I don't want to stay with bed bugs or ghost. Both would run me out of a room. Enjoyed your hub and voted uP!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hahahah, moonlake, you just gave me a good laugh! I think that you are right, neither one would do you good, hence, a good night sleep. Thanks for dropping by. Turn off the lights now!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I think I like the idea of the two different ideas bedbugs and Ghosts in this hub.. I dunno one time I was with this girl in a motel room and out of nowhere her husband materilized .. just like that.. oh wait that wasn;t a ghost story..:( LOL creative informative and useful hub as well as entertaining thank you for sharing coffee...:)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh really?!! I thought for a quick moment I was already reading about an entity materializing! You got me there, Frank. I've been laughing all day today at hubs and comments and I hope there is no reverse to it before bedtme. You know, how the saying goes..."Don't laugh too hard or you'll end up crying."

      Thanks a lot Frank for your visit. Glad you found this hub creative, informative, useful and entertaining! Cheers! Don't let the bedbugs bite tonight.

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      aykianink 4 years ago

      "Check ‘The BedBug Registry’. You pay nothing, just go online." Whoa whoa whoa, what? How have I never heard of this? Very, very interesting hub. Thanks, Coffee.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Yup, The BedBug Registry is also helpful especially to those who are looking to move to another apartment. We went to this website before to check the areas where it is more infested with bed bugs and not move there. Thanks aykianink! Cheers to you and don't let the bedbugs bite!

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