Bed bugs are increasingly becoming a problem within residences of all kinds, including homes, apartments, hotels, motels cruse ships, dormitories and shelters. Bed bugs are small reddish brown wingless insects that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs and their relatives have evolved as nest parasites. Hatchling bed bugs are the size of poppy seed, and adults are about ¼ of an inch in length. From above they are oval in shape, but are flattened from top to bottom. A pest control treatment is the only way to get rid of this infestation. It usually takes 2-4 treatments.
Bed bugs are transferred from infested house to uninfested house on furniture, baggage, boxes, in suitcases, packed clothing, and bedding, especially when people travel frequently or change residences.
There are a few different ways to detect whether or not your home or the place you are staying is infested. in heavily infested home or apartments, there will be an overpowering distinct smell of sweetness, similar to the smell of ripe raspberries. Early on bed bugs are found most likley in the bed and bedroom area. They hide in the folds and creases of the mattress and leave blood stains or smears on bedding, walls, curtains. Later on in the infestation they are like to hide behind loose wallpaper, behind pictures, window and door casings, baseboards and cracks in plaster.
Bed bugs do bite and commonly this happens at night. they can leave a bite the size of a flea bite and can be a large red inflamed oval or oblong spot accompanied by severe itching, witch is caused from an allergic reaction to their saliva.
The spread of bed bug infestations can help be prevented by taking some precautionary steps when traveling, moving or staying away from home. Be sure when traveling to inspect mattresses and room you are staying in. When in hotel, be sure to keep clothes in suite case off the floor on stand and keep suitcase zipped shut and keep all clothes off floor. When returning from trip be sure to wash clothes and hot dry immediately when unpacking.