Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite

Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite

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Everyone has heard the saying “Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” well nowadays that is more real than it was in the past.

Compared to 10 years ago, bed bug infestations are on the rise. With international travel being so affordable, the risk of bringing home bed bug hitchhikers is high. Call regarding bed bugs come from all over the city, from rental apartments to expensive condos and homes. The bed bug problem is far worse overseas, so when you visit those places the bed bugs can then make the return trip with you.

You need to be prepared, bed bugs are also at your winter vacation spots. Do not assume because it’s a five-star hotel that they don’t or will not have bed bugs. Bed bugs are non-discriminatory and anyone can get bed bugs. Bed bug infestations have been found in transportation vehicles such as boats, trains, airplanes, and buses as well as in retail stores and movie theatres where they typically harbour in the seats and associated frames.

What to look for:

  • Adult bed bugs range from brown to reddish-brown and are approximately 4 – 5 mm long (3/16 inch).
  • If bed bugs are present you will see dark spotting or staining on your sheets, mattress, or pillow. This staining is excrement, crushed insects, and/or blood.
  • Carefully inspect any second-hand furniture before bringing it inside and avoid any items discarded in a dumpster or on the curb.
  • Place your luggage away from the bed and nightstands until you are sure there are no bed bugs present. If you find something, notify the hotel/host immediately and insist on a new room which is not adjacent to the infested room.
  • When you return home from a trip, inspect your luggage outside or in the garage before bringing inside your home. Wash your clothing in the warmest temperature possible and dry thoroughly on high heat.
  • Inspect the area regularly so you will notice an infestation sooner. While they may be small, bed bugs can leave big red welts all over your body.

The most important part in the tool box for bed bug control is education. Know the signs of bed bugs, what they look like, and get a Pest Management Professional from Poulin’s to confirm whether or not you have a bed bug infestation and what steps are needed to eradicate the problem.

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