Friday, August 1, 2014
Bed Bugs. Yuck! Everyone shivers at the mention of these infamous sleep disturbing creatures. Are they real? Yes, they are a very real bug. Where do they hide and what can be done to prevent them?
Well, these bugs hide just about anywhere. They have been reported in almost anyplace where humans live and sleep, including places like:
Residential homes of all types and locations
Hotels and motels of all types and locations
Public transportation (airplanes, trains, cabs, buses etc)
Bed Bugs will travel with people in their luggage, on their person or in their vehicles. These small blood thirsty bugs are hearty and are able to go months without a blood meal. These nocturnal creatures find a spot to hide during the day and search for food at night. Some common places that they can be found hiding are:
In, under and around all furniture in bedrooms
In cracks and crevices in the wall and floor
Behind electrical outlet covers
Inside picture frames
These bugs are attracted to the carbon monoxide that we exhale while sleeping. They are drawn in and then will bite their sleeping meal ticket. Their bites typically leave a small, raised red bump. While their bite is not known to be dangerous, it can cause a reaction that is an allergic reaction of sorts. The bite area can be itchy, red, raised and irritated feeling.
Here's how to prevent bed bugs from using you for their next meal
Before booking your next hotel/motel stay ask them about their bed bug prevention policies and ask it they have had any issues with them in the past.
If staying in any other public housing facility, ask them about their bed bug history and preventions programs that they have in place BEFORE staying.
Visit places like Bed Bug Registry, which is a non-profit independent website where users post bed bug sitings
Before settling into your hotel room, place your luggage on the bathroom counter and do a thorough room inspection for any signs of bed bugs, like blood stains on the furniture and actual bugs hiding in dark, unsuspecting spots!
Pack clothes in plastic bags and keep them in plastic bags while on vacation
Don't leave clothes and shoes lying around on the bed, floor or furniture while staying in your hotel room
Inspect all luggage and clothes outside before entering your home when returning from vacation
Wash and clean luggage and throw all your clothes, dirty and clean, in the washer.
Keep a watchful eye for any signs of bed bugs in the weeks to come
Bed bugs are sometimes an unwanted souvenir that we bring home that just keeps on growing! Be sure to be informed about any place that you plan on staying at. Ask questions and be aware of the clues that bed bugs leave behind.
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