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Preventing Bed Bugs

March 27, 2014

Preventing Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are an ugly reality. They give people the heebie jeebies and, as you can imagine, not many people want to talk about them. While they are definitely not a common occurrence, they occur often enough for people to freak out about them.

Bed bugs are small blood sucking creatures that can live in bedding and fabrics around your house. They are usually around 1mm to 7mm in size depending on their age and are often confused with ticks. They are normally are most active at night and seek out CO2 in the air to find a meal.

There is a misconception that they are only on dirty beds, but cleanliness has nothing to do with bedbugs as they can be picked up anywhere. As people are travelling more frequently around the world, there is an increase chance of exposure to bed bugs and as such even the cleanest bed can be infested. Even if you try to clean your linen and bed yourself, there is still a good chance that the bed bugs will find a way to return and re-infest your home later. If you suspect bed bugs get a reputable professional exterminator.

Bed bugs can be picked up while on holiday, but are relatively easy to avoid. The first step is to research your holiday destination before you leave - check out user reviews from sites such as TripAdvisor to find out more about the place. If you can’t find any negative reviews or can’t find the place on the web, make sure that you check out the room before you bring your luggage inside. Your first check stop should be the bed: remove the linen and check the mattress, especially at the edgings or seams, and check behind the headboard and underneath the furniture. If you find bugs, ask for a new room far away from the infested one and check it out. Try to keep your luggage off of carpets or the bed and keep as much as possible in zip lock bags to prevent infestation.

While they aren’t dangerous, they are still icky. However, bed bugs are not as common as people think and there is a lot of hype around them. Don’t be paranoid, just be careful.


photo credit: Armed Forces Pest Management Board via cc

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