What Attracts Bed Bugs: Top Pest Challenges in the Hotel Sector


Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that crawl around in the dark, silently feeding on human blood. They feed while you’re sleeping and leave tiny red bites that are irritating on the skin. Bed bugs have been a nuisance for centuries and have challenged the hotel sector significantly, causing closures and financial hardship.

Ultimately, bed bugs are attracted to people. As a result, hotels are a paradise for these pests. While the nature of a bed bug is to feed on human blood, the question is, what about us specifically attracts bed bugs?

Major Factors That Attract Bed Bugs


It is no secret that bed bugs are attracted to humans, but why is that? There are scientific facts behind why humans are the perfect target for them.


One contributor that attracts bed bugs is carbon dioxide. Humans naturally produce carbon dioxide so it is no wonder that bed bugs are attracted to us, the higher the concentration of carbon dioxide, the more likely you are to find these annoying little pests. As well as being nocturnal insects there is another reason bed bugs bite us during the night. When humans sleep our movement is very limited meaning the carbon dioxide surrounds us in a thick cloud type manner, meaning there is a higher concentration of CO2 leading to a stronger and more potent scent for bed bugs to find. Ultimately, the more limited your movement the more likely bed bugs will find you.

Another big contributor that bed bugs are attracted to is warmth. Humans generate heat and warmth, bed bugs can sense this and use it to seek out humans at night while they are sleeping. Knowing they love the heat and warmth, the surroundings of the bed are as likely to be host to bed bugs as much as the actual bed.

Bed bugs are inherently attracted to each other. Current colonies will be able to smell and locate each other in order to find safety and breed. This also means that rooms that have previously had a bed bug infestation are more likely to suffer from another infestation. The smell of the old colony will linger in the room, attracting more bugs, even if they have been completely eradicated.

Preventing a Bed Bug Outbreak


For decades people have been figuring out the best ways to prevent a bed bug outbreak, especially in the hotel sector where bed bugs have caused the biggest disruption. The issue in the hotel industry stems from the lack of early detection. By the time a bed bug problem is reported to the hotel, the bed bugs will almost always have affected a guest and will often have already spread. In extreme cases, this can lead to the full-on closure of the hotel, and a mass treatment for the bed bug infestation. Not only is this bad for publicity but it takes a hit on hotel revenue in the form of lost profits and treatment costs. You can try to eliminate all the controllable elements that attract bed bugs but ultimately it is impossible to completely avoid them from crawling into your hotel.


There has never been a better time to research the best ways to prevent a bed bug infestation. Technology is growing at such a fast rate and is now at the forefront of many preventative software options across all different industries. In the hotel sector, it is important to stay up to date with the latest technological advances in your industry. At Spotta, we have created an IoT technology that continuously monitors for bed bugs, protecting every room in your hotel building in real-time.


The Solution to a Bed Bug Infestation

Spotta has created a highly innovative IoT solution that has transformed the way we look at bed bug infestations. Our world experts in insect detection, based in our dedicated labs in Cambridge UK, are constantly researching the behaviors of insect pests to help us continually develop our technologies. Spotta has used technology to create a solution that can be used throughout the hotel sector. You simply place a discreet bed bug sensing device in each room of your hotel. It automatically connects to a dedicated network (not the hotel wifi) and reports directly to you at the first sighting of a bed bug.


To learn more about our solution visit the Spotta website today.