Bed Bug Control

The Insidious Bed Bug

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Bed bugs are secretive insects, hiding during the daytime in cracks and crevices, then emerging to search for a blood meal at night. They hatch from tiny eggs where each of five stages takes a blood meal before becoming adult males and females. If left unchecked, bed bug populations can explode. A single, mated female in January, if given the proper environment, can, by September, result in over 37,000 bedbugs! These obnoxious pests are not to be taken lightly.

According to most research, bed bugs do not transmit human diseases. However, most people experience welts and intense itching after being bitten by these pests. A person will usually not feel the bite of a bed bug while it is actively feeding. After feeding on blood, the bed bug finds a hiding spot to digest its meal. It will often congregate with other bed bugs for a few days, molt into the next stage, and then seek out yet another blood meal. Bed bugs are most active from midnight until 5 AM. They roam widely looking for a host.

Travelers Tips

First inquire at the hotel or motel front desk if they have had any reports of bed bug problems. When walking into your assigned room, put your luggage in the bathtub. Even what appears to be the cleanest room may harbor bed bugs. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and may have been brought into the room on the luggage of a previous guest.

Then set about inspecting key areas for signs of bed bug infestation. A small flashlight is beneficial for your inspection. Check the seams of the mattress perimeter and cracks and crevices of the headboard. Headboards usually hang on wall brackets and can easily be taken off for inspection behind the headboard. Look for dark spots on the bedding, mattress, box spring, and headboard. These spots are dried fecal matter deposited by the bed bugs. You may also want to inspect each nightstand. The insects themselves look like amber apple seeds. They are notorious for roaming from room to room.

If you find signs of infestation, grab your luggage and report what you found to the front desk staff. Ask to be reassigned or simply get a refund and find a different hotel or motel for the night.

If your inspection is negative and you feel comfortable with staying in the room, get out the metal luggage rack and place it away from the wall. Bed bugs cannot crawl up the metal legs of the luggage rack, so your luggage will be safe, in case you missed something.

When you return home, carefully check your luggage and clothing for any signs of live bed bugs. Putting clothing into a clothes drier set on high for 45 minutes will kill all stages of bed bugs, including their eggs.

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