Bed Bug Infestations
If you have been paying attention to the news over the last few years, you may have noticed an explosion of pieces about bed bugs. There have been many reports about bed bugs in hotels, movie theaters, and other public places. All of the recent articles and journalism spots have led to many questions for many people. Some of the questions often asked include the following:
• Is there really an increase in bed bug infestations?
• What are the best ways to treat bed bugs and how can you prevent them?
It is true that there are more and more reports of bed bugs in the United States. Some experts think that this could be because of increased travel. Increased infestations can also be caused by “bed bug panic.” What this means is that, when people find bed bugs in their couch or bed and abandon it outside, someone else comes and picks up the furniture. Thus, the infestation is spread into another house!
If you are staying at a new hotel, check under your mattress for signs of an infestation. Also check around the bed in areas like night stands or other furniture close to the bed.
It’s also very important to keep your luggage away from the bed. Store it on a luggage rack or in the dry bath tub. Whatever you do, just keep it away from the bed! The last thing you want is bed bugs getting into your suitcase and then bringing them home with you.
When you return home from a trip, wash the clothes from your suitcase immediately. You should then vacuum your suitcase and dump the contents into a tightly sealed bag outside that you should then dispose of properly. Although this may seem like an extreme measure, it is better to be overly cautious than to deal with a full blown infestation.
If you think that you may have bed bugs in your home already, grab a flashlight and check underneath your mattress. Search the bed frame, the mattress, and the box spring as these are all places where bed bugs like to live. Look for tiny red spots because that’s what the bed bugs look like.
If you do find a bed bug, look for bed bug experts in your area. Do not try any of the so-called home remedies for eliminating bed bugs. Oftentimes, these remedies can actually make the situation worse.
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