How To Check for Bed Bugs
How to check for bed bugs at home and in hotel rooms.
Even though bed bugs are tiny, you can spot them easily if you know how and where to look.
Bed bugs, with the survival instinct of cockroaches, continues to plague cities across the country. Due to
increased interntional travel and the restricted use of potent insecticides and pesticides, these bugs are making a
comeback and infesting homes, schools, restaurants, hotels and movie theaters more rapidly than ever in the
How Bed Bugs Get Into The Home
A popular myth surrounding these bugs is that they are only found in places that are unsanitary or
overpopulated. This is not true as the environment in which these bugs live does not greatly influence their
chances for survival. As long as the climate is moderate in temperature and the surroundings provides ample
opportunity for feeding (on human and animal blood), bed bugs can thrive almost anywhere. Even the most luxury
hotels and condos have been reported to be infested with bed bugs.
While bed bugs don't hop or fly, they are gifted hitchhikers. These bugs can crawl very fast and tend to hide in
luggage, cardboard boxes, clothing, used furniture and other items that one bring back into the house. If you live
in an apartment complex, bed bugs may move from apartment to apartment.
How To Check For Bed Bugs In Your Home
If you notice skin bites and suspect bed bugs are present in your home or apartment:
Use a torchlight and inspect the bed frames and the mattresses (along the seams and edges) first as bed bugs
tend to congregate near where their victims sleep. Look for any physical signs of the bugs, skeletons of dead bed
bugs or their fecal matter and molted skins (bugs shed their skin during molting).
Another clue is to check the bedding and bed linens for any signs of dried blood or brown spots which may
indicate the presence of bed bugs.
In addition, you may also want to check the closets, drawers, lampshades, nightstands or any upholstered
furniture that is near the bed. If you have carpets in the room, you may also want to look underneath that as well.
These are some of the common areas where bed bugs will hide other than the bed.
What To Do If You Find Bed Bugs In Your
If you find bugs in your home, try to locate all infested areas. Contact a bed bug
exterminator to determine the best ways to rid your home of the bugs.
In the meantime, the room where bed bugs are found need to be de-cluttered and vacuumed. All bed
linens and pillow covers need to be removed and washed in hot water above temperature 120°F for at
least 20 minutes. Do the same for clothing and other items like blankets, stuffed animals,
decorative pillows, and area rugs.
If possible, apply non-toxic pesticides like
Diatomaceous Earth to defend your perimeters around the apartment
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rid of bed bugs yourself
If you live in an apartment, contact the management office or your landlord to report the
problem as the apartments near you may need to be inspected as well.
How To Check For Bed Bugs In Hotel Rooms
Increased travel has allowed bugs to travel from one location to another quickly by crawling into luggage and
other items. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to know in advance if your hotel room is infested. Even if a hotel
has been recently renovated, bed bugs can still infest rooms within days. But there are a few precautions you can
take to decrease your chances of taking bugs home with you when traveling.
Prior to reserving a room, check out Bed Bug
Registry to read customer reviews on any reported incidences of bed bugs in the hotel you intend to
stay. This step alone will help you avoid and reduce the chances of any encounter with bed bugs.
To further reduces the chances of getting bitten by bed bugs while staying in a hotel, it is also recommened
that one inspect the room thoroughly upon arrival. Always perform a preliminary inspection of the bed, mattress,
sheets as well as the pillows to make sure there is no sign of bed bugs present before bringing your luggage
into the room.
What To Do If You Find Bed Bugs In Your Hotel
If you find bed bugs or signs of infestation such as fecal matter or blood stains on the mattress or
box spring, report it to the hotel management and request for a change of room or make arrangements to
stay at another hotel. Again, check for bed bugs if you moved to a new room to avoid possible
infestation of your belongings.
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