They live everywhere, not just in your mattress. Bed bugs can hide in furniture and behind wall coverings…and you are on the menu. Getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy process. Bed bug infestation will require treatment by a pest control experts. We at J&J Exterminating are extremely concerned with the latest news reports concerning the spread of bed bugs. The insects are spreading quickly through luggage, hand bags, and purses.
Bed bugs have feasted on sleeping humans for thousands of years. Perhaps spurred by increases of international travel, bed bugs are becoming a problem once again. The risk of encountering bed bugs increases if you spend time in places with high turnovers of night-time guests — such as hotels, hospitals or homeless shelters. Bed bugs are reddish brown, oval-shaped, flat, and about the size of an apple seed. During the day, they hide in the cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, headboards and bed frames. It’s a daunting task to eliminate bed bugs from your home. Professional help is recommended. A female bed bug can lay more than 200 eggs in her lifetime, which typically lasts for about 10 months. Newly hatched bed bugs are nearly colorless, so they are hard to spot. They shed their skin five times as they grow, and need a blood meal for each molt.
- While bed bugs are often reported to be found when sanitation conditions are poor, bed bugs can also live and thrive in clean environments.
- Bed bugs can live in any area of the home and can reside in tiny cracks in furniture as well as on textiles and upholstered furniture. They tend to be most common in areas where people sleep and generally concentrate in beds, including mattresses, box springs, and bed frames.
- Other sites where bed bugs often reside include curtains, edges of carpet, corners inside dressers, and other furniture, cracks in wallpaper, and inside the spaces of wicker furniture.
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Bed Bug Travel Tips
- Survey any and every hotel room for signs of a bed bugs infestation. Bed bugs are not a sanitation issue, which means they can be found in any hotel or motel – from a one-star to five-star location.
- Signs they are present? Large infestations of bed bugs can create a musty, sweet odor, like soda pop syrup. They leave behind brown or red spots on sheets. While not known to spread disease like many other pests, bed bugs can leave itchy, bloody welts on the skin. (Welts more commonly appear when the victim is sensitive to insect bites.)
- Lift and look. Bed bugs tend to settle in close proximity to their food source – you! During the day these nocturnal insects disappear in crevices associated with mattresses, box springs, sheets, furniture, upholstery and hollow bedposts, as well as crevices behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper. Make sure to lift and look around all possible hiding spots for bed bugs in the hotel room, not just the mattress.
- Elevate your luggage and other items. Carefully inspect the hotel’s luggage rack. If there are no signs of bed bugs on it, use it to keep your suitcase off the floor and away from the bed. Also pull the luggage rack away from the wall. This will reduce the likelihood of the insect crawling up the wall and getting into your things.
- Examine your luggage while repacking and once you return home, to ensure you haven’t picked up unwelcome visitors. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers, so be sure to check your luggage and clothing for bed bugs before bringing luggage back into the bedroom.
- Professional help is out there – use it! Because bed bugs can survive extreme temperatures (up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit) and are extremely difficult to kill, treating for an infestation requires the use of a licensed, professional pest control operator with specific experience treating for these pests.