Bed Bug Tips
Where Bites Occur
Bed bugs feed on any bare skin exposed while sleeping—face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, etc.
It is a common misconception that bed bugs will crawl under clothing to feed. Very rarely do we see this occur. If redness occurs on skin that was covered while sleeping, then it is more likely to be a rash or something other than bed bugs.
How Infestations Originate:
Bed bugs are efficient hitchhikers and are usually transported in on luggage, clothing, beds, furniture, etc. The level of cleanliness has little to do with most bed bug infestations. When bed bug-like insects are found, it’s important to consider whether bats, swallows, chimney swifts, pigeons, or other wild hosts are involved.
Bed bugs are challenging pests to control. Experienced companies know where to look for bed bugs, and have an assortment of management tools at their disposal. Owners and occupants will need to assist the professional in important ways. Since bed bugs can disperse throughout a building, it also may be necessary to inspect adjoining rooms and apartments. Also, re-infestation can occur if new insects are reintroduced on a continuous basis. Several treatments may be necessary over a couple of months.
Owners and occupants have important pre-treatment responsibilities. Reducing clutter is a necessity. Vacuuming can be very useful for removing bugs and eggs from mattresses, carpet, walls, and other surfaces. Afterward, dispose of the vacuum contents in a sealed trash bag.
Do I Have To Throw Out The Bed?
No—you can encase the bed in a zippered bed encasement. Most are designed for dust mite and allergy prevention.
Avoidance is especially challenging in hotels, motels, and apartments because occupants and their belongings are constantly changing. If you believe you stayed in a room infested with beg bugs, then do not open your luggage until you can put your clothes into a dryer. Putting the dryer on high heat will kill any bed bugs.
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