First, bed bugs don’t transmit diseases
, and aren’t generally considered a threat to your health. As with any insect bite, bed bug bites can be itchy, and some people’s skin may be more sensitive than others.
Second, bed bugs are not a product of filth, and will inhabit even the cleanest of homes. Don’t assume your house or your hotel room is too clean to host bed bugs. If there’s something for them to eat (usually you), bed bugs will be just as happy in a 5-star resort as they will in a cheap motel.
Third, bed bugs are nocturnal. That means they’re only going to show their faces at night, when it’s good and dark. Don’t expect to walk into a hotel room in broad daylight and see bed bugs crawling up the walls.
Fourth, bed bugs are small, really, really small. You can see adult bed bugs if you know where to look, but viewing bed bug eggs will require a magnifying lens. Because they’re so tiny, bed bugs can hide themselves.