As a child, when my parents tucked us in at night they would always say "don't let the bed bugs bite." Never in a million years, did I imagine bed bugs were real bugs that not only bite, but can live almost anywhere. It's probably a good thing I didn't know, I might not have ever gone to sleep! Today, bed bug infestations are on the rise, with new cases popping up all over the United States.

 

Just the Facts on Bed Bugs:

  • Roughly oval in shape 
  • Become swollen and reddish with blood after feeding
  • Infestations can occur anywhere and have been reported in: Broadway theaters, college dorms, buses, trains, daycares, hotels, etc.
  • Adults can lay anywhere from 10-50 eggs that hatch in 6-17 days
  • Bed bugs can produce three or four generations in one year. 
  • Getting rid of them is expensive, in the thousands of dollars, depending on the infestation
  • An adult bedbug can survive up to one year without feeding.
  • Bed Bugs are fast runners and often difficult to detect
  • Bed bugs can survive temperatures of nearly freezing up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit

You could have bed bugs without even knowing about them. Ewwww! When they bite you, if you're allergic you'll see red welts, but some people don't experience a reaction at all. Its important to frequently inspect your mattress seams for spots, and any signs of bed bug activity.

Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding those pesky pets that give me the willies just thinking about them. At hotels/resorts, thoroughly check the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, for any stains or spots. If you find anything, notify management and changes rooms or hotels as soon as possible. When returning from a trip, vacuum and or steam your luggage, and wash all of your clothing. After you purchase new clothing from a store, consider washing or having the clothes laundered immediately. 

Have you ever seen a bed bug in your home or at a hotel?