The numbers of bed bug infestations are on the increase with the number of reported instances up by a massive 5000%.
Bed bugs are popping up in a multitude of places – homes, businesses, hospitals, care homes even on buses!
So how on earth are they spreading at such a rate?
The answer is fairly simple – they will happily hitch a ride in your clothing,in books, luggage or furniture. Whilst the assumption is that bed bugs are usually picked up whilst staying at hotels or motels this is not always the case. It has been known for children to carry bed bugs into school in their clothing and they have then spread by transferring from child to child causing bed bug infestations at numerous locations.
The good news – if that is possible with a bed bug infestation – is that at least bed bugs are not known to spread or cause any disease when feeding on humans blood however, there is a risk. If the bed bug has feasted on infected blood and you happen to pop the blood filled bed bug there is a chance you could pick up the infection too. After feeding the bed bug is usually so full that it will burst under a very small amount of pressure just moving in bed would be enough to burst one.
So what should you do if you suspect that your home or hotel room or work place may have a bed bug infestation? Below are listed ten tips. These describe what you should look for. Even if you don’t have bed bugs by following these you can prevent an infestation from ever occurring!
What to do if you find a bed bug infestation
1. If you are staying at a hotel no matter how reputable the first thing you should do is check the bed. Remove the sheets etc. and carry out a physical inspection of the mattress. Use your fingers to check along seams at the top and bottom. Be sure to check round any buttons or handles on the sides of the mattress. These are favorite hiding places for the little blood suckers.
2. The second thing to look out for are very small dark colored spots there is a chance that these could be bed bug faecal matter. You will know for sure if the spots are stuck to the surface or if they smear when wiped with a damp cloth. Whilst doing this check look out for live bugs and skins which are shed as the bug grows these are translucent.
3. Take time also to check for bed bug eggs. These are about the size of a grain of rice and white in color. Often these will be found along the edge of the mattress.
4. Carefully check bedside cabinets, dressing tables etc. particularly in drawers and underneath. Clocks, radios and light switches are among other favorite hiding places. A good rule of thumb is to check anywhere which is fairly dark as this is the most likely place for the bed bugs to hide out. If you have any doubts DO NOT unpack your clothing and personal belongings. A tell tale sign that there has been a bed bug problem which has been treated is the presence of powder in drawers and cupboards and along head boards.
5. It is always wise to ensure that any luggage you may have with you is kept off the floor and firmly closed at all times. This should prevent the bed bugs infiltrating your clothing and belongings and bringing an infestation to live with you.
6. If you become aware of a strong odor in a room this too can signal a bed bug infestation. The smell is often described as being sweet – a bit like rotting raspberries.
7. Don’t be fooled into a false sense of security because the hotel you are staying in has just opened its doors. The guy who spent the night before in the room may have brought bed bugs form the one down the road in his luggage! ALWAYS CHECK even in the most up market hotels.
8. If you do find signs of a bed bug infestation inform the hotel management immediately and check out – don’t accept another room. Bed bugs do travel and can easily move about from room to room.
9. Before you leave it is essential that you check your luggage carefully, item by item. This may seem over the top but it will ensure that you are not taking home any unwelcome guests which will not leave again easily.
10. If you do discover bed bugs in your luggage make sure that the items are laundered in a hot wash and if possible tumble dry on a high heat.
Hopefully these tips will help you decide if you have a bed bug infestation on your hands or not. If you are unfortunate enough to uncover such a problem in your home you will need a fast effective treatment.
At this point a note of caution should be given. Due to the fact that bed bugs which have fed recently can burst fairly easily, spraying blood, it is advisable that before carrying out any inspection as described above that disposable gloves should be worn to reduce any risk of infection.
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