Friday, October 11, 2013
Many people hear the horror stories about people going on vacation and bringing home bed bugs and for some people, this has caused them to cancel travel plans! This is a bit severe, because although it is possible to pick up these pests when you spend time in commercial lodgings or when you use public transportation, as long as you know what to look for with signs of bed bugs, you can help protect yourself from these blood sucking pests.
Firstly, it is important to recognize that bed bugs do not spread diseases. Although they need to bite you for a blood meal, at this time there are no diseases known to be transmitted by these pests. The biggest problem associated with bed bugs is the fear, stress and anxiety associated with a bed bug infestation. No one wants to be fed on while they sleep and the idea of a silent and nocturnal infestation of pests in your home is enough to give you the creeps.
Although bed bugs bite, not everyone has a reaction to their bites. Both you and your partner could be bitten and only one of you may show the little red bug bites that they leave behind. Everyone reacts differently to a bed bug bite, so although the presence of bed bug bites on your body may be a sign of a bed bug infestation, this is not reliable proof that bed bugs are present.
Bed bugs leave brownish-red fecal spots in areas where they infest. Oftentimes you will see these spots on bedding, on mattresses or even on upholstered furniture. These little spots may not be noticeable to you initially, but when you begin routinely checking hotel rooms and taxis, buses, trains and other modes of transportation for these pests, they eventually become very obvious! It is wise to carry a small flashlight as well as a small magnifying glass with you when you travel so that you can more easily search for signs of bed bugs.
In some cases, you may see the skins of bed bugs in an infested area. Because bed bugs go through several growth stages, they must shed their exoskeleton as they get larger. These shed skins can be found around beds, in rooms along where the carpeting meets the wall and even behind electrical outlet covers and pictures on the wall. You can even see tiny bed bug eggs in areas where bed bugs congregate, but because they are extremely tiny (the size of this dot ·) they can be hard to see without the aid of a magnifying glass.
If you do go on vacation and suspect you’ve come into contact with a bed bug infestation, contact the bed bug extermination experts at Rose Pest Solutions, before you return home. Our Rose exterminator can provide an inspection of your luggage and personal belongings before you cross your doorstep so that you can be assured you are not introducing a bed bug infestation into your home after your travels.
If our bed bug exterminator should locate a bed bug problem in your belongings, the appropriate treatment plan can be put into place to eliminate these pests immediately.
For more information on residential and commercial pest control services provided by the professionals at Rose Pest Solutions, please contact us today! Our service area extends from Ohio, Michigan and parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Call us today to see if our bed bug experts can help you.