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The Places Bed Bugs Hide

August 4, 2014

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No one wants to have a deal with a bed bug problem, but the fact of the matter is, more and more people are having to do just that. With a steady increase in bed bugs here in the United States, bed bugs can be found just about anywhere that people can be found. Once this tiny bug gets in, there’s no getting rid of them without calling an exterminator, and even they have their work cut out for them when it comes to bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are more difficult to get rid of than cockroaches, ants and termites.

Bed bugs were practically eliminated in the U.S back in the 1950’s, but with more and more people traveling internationally and other factors, they’ve made a big comeback and have been getting increasingly worse since the 1990’s. Bed bugs will catch a ride on anyone, or anything they can. They most often ride along with furniture, luggage, clothing and on people. That means anywhere you go, there could be bed bugs. Bed bugs are not only being found in hotels and homes; they’re being found in movie theaters, taxi cabs, on airplanes, in retail stores, the list could go on and on.

So what can you do to prevent them? The truth is, they can be pretty tough to prevent, not just because they can be anywhere, but also because they are really good at not being seen. Bed bugs tend to be active only at night when they come out to eat human blood. We know, sounds like the pages of a zombie book. The fact is, these tiny insects stay pretty well hidden during the day in the folds of mattresses and box springs, in the creases of bedding, hiding in the cushions of the couch or wrapped up in clothing. Because they are such good hiders, it can be tough to even know you have a problem with bed bugs before there are tons of them. The few signs you can look for are:

  • Bed bug bites: these can take several days to a couple weeks to appear and are itchy, red, rash-like bumps.

  • Bronze tinted stains or blood stains on your sheets of your bed.

  • Finding bed bug skin encasements, eggs or the creepy crawlers themselves.

Contacting a professional exterminator can be a huge help since they can perform regular checks of your business or even your home and proper treatments in the event that you do find yourself with an infestation of bed bugs.

While it doesn’t matter how clean your house is, how often you vacuum, how many dishes are in the sink or how many times a month you wash your floor, there are some things you can do to try to keep your home bed bug free.

  • When traveling, keep heavy duty trash bags in the car, so when you bring your luggage back to your car, you can put it inside the trash bags, so if there are any bed bugs on or in your luggage, they are contained until you can clean everything. You may even want to consider taking the trash bags with you so you can keep your luggage in it while you are at the hotel.

  • Make sure you keep your clothing in a sealed suitcase, and do not leave your suitcase on the floor in your hotel.

  • Bring a flashlight with you so you can look around the crevices of the hotel room mattress and box spring.

  • Wash any clothing, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, anything that you can, in the washing machine in as hot of water as you can.

  • Try to avoid bringing second hand furniture into your home.

  • Keep an eye out for any of the signs of bed bugs listed above.

While to can be nearly impossible to avoid bed bugs, the most important thing is to educate yourself about them so you know what to be on the look out for, so if need be, you can contact a pest control professional before these bugs take over and rob you of a good nights sleep.

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