Here you will find information on how to know about bed bugs and it is hoped that you take the necessary precautions at the sign of infestation.
The last few years have seen the resurgence of a parasite that most of us thought had gone the way of the bubonic plague, and it’s now a serious problem for a new generation of American tourists and homeowners.
It’s the bedbug, and there have been confirmed reports of infestations in every state. Experts believe that the rise in international and domestic travel, mixed with the general public’s lack of knowledge about recognizing and containing them, has helped spur the return of the tiny, blood-sucking insect.
Furthermore, studies conducted by entomologists at the University of Arizona indicate that bedbugs may have developed resistance to certain insecticides such as diazinon, which is no longer approved for residential use in the U.S., and dichlorvos, which is a common ingredient in flea collars for pets.
Good thing that bedbugs, unlike mosquitoes and other insects, do not transmit disease.
They do, however, bite sleeping humans and animals, often leaving itchy, rash-like bumps on the skin that can become infected after you scratch them.
This all goes back to the issue of travel. Even if you stay overnight in the most upscale of hotels, there is a chance you’ll encounter bedbugs.
Never unpack your things until you have pulled back the blankets and sheets on the bed (including the mattress cover) and inspected each of them, especially the seams and piping of the mattress itself and even the headboard of the bed.
Bedbugs are often no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence, but they do get as big as seven millimeters (about one-quarter of an inch). They are flat, reddish-brown, and often cluster together in small groups.
Even if you don’t find any evidence of bedbugs in your hotel room, it is recommended that you empty your clothing directly from your luggage into a washing machine when you return home. You should also examine the luggage itself for the pests.
At home, you should routinely check your own beds for signs of bedbugs, ideally when you change the linens.
If you find bedbugs, do not take it as a sign that your home is unclean; as noted earlier, bedbugs can infest any location. Clutter does, however, give the insects additional hiding places.
Treating bedbug infestations can be difficult, but not impossible. It’s much easier, of course, if you hire a pest management professional to deal with the problem.
If you decide to tackle the problem yourself, the first step is to physically clean the infested area to remove the bedbugs. Wash bedding materials in hot water and dry them in a dryer set to high heat.
An experienced professional will know the best places to look for the insects and know which insecticides will best overcome any chemical resistance the bedbugs may have developed.