Thursday, October 2, 2014

Are you at Risk for Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs have become an ever-growing threat across the U.S. And nothing sounds less pleasant than an infestation of bugs that bite and crawl through our resting places each night. Not only does it make it impossible to sleep, there is an entire round of critters that must be dealt with. Making all the more important to ensure that you haven’t been exposed – or won’t be exposed – to these living nuisances. 

If you’ve stayed in a hotel or traveled within recent weeks, it’s a good idea to check your bed for signs of bugs. You’ll also gain bites or rashes once coming in contact with these pesky creatures. After checking for bites, look in your sheets, and in nooks and crannies on the mattress, including seams, bed skirts, box springs, etc. Though small, each bed bug is about the size and color of an apple seed, meaning they can easily be tracked down if you know what to look for. If no signs are found, you’re likely safe! When locating bug feces, exoskeletons, or bugs themselves, however, will call for an at-home treatment or the help of an exterminator. 

How to Avoid Bed Bugs

In the future, be sure to check for signs of infestations when traveling. Check mattress corners when checking in, while strong musty scents can also be a warning sign. Finally, keep your luggage off the bed and floor. Instead, opt for a hard surface (such as provided dressers), or suitcase stands. These surfaces will be harder for bugs to climb, and ensure an extra level of protection, no matter how long your stay.

When traveling, there’s always an added fear of bringing critters home, especially with growing numbers of bed bugs taking over our vacation plans. But by being aware of what to look for, and taking precautionary measures, you can greatly reduce the chances of bed bugs taking hold.