Bed bugs are not known to be frequent carries of disease but are a pest due to the unpleasant irritation following their bites. There are several ways in which dwellings can become infested with bed bugs. People may acquire bed bugs at hotels or bed-and-breakfasts and bring them back to their homes in their luggage or they might pick them up by inadvertently bringing infested furniture or used clothing to their household.
Bed bugs bite! Not everyone will have visible marks from bed bug bites right away, and some people won’t have any marks at all. For those that do have visible signs, bed bug bites resemble mosquito or spider bites.
Bed bug bites can become raised, red and round, and often come in multiples of three, in a straight-line pattern. Since multiple bugs typically feed on each person, multiple clusters of bites can be expected. Bites are typically found only on exposed areas of skin, like the face, neck, arms and ankles.
Keep in mind that bed bugs have not been shown to transmit diseases. If you have a reaction to the bites, consult your physician who may recommend treatment with antihistamines.
There is no way to completely prevent bed bug infestations. But there are steps you can take to avoid an infestation or detect them sooner, or stop the spread of an infestation. They include:
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- Inspect hotel rooms carefully for bed bugs.
- Remove clutter from bedrooms, and move beds away from the walls.
- Seal wall or floor cracks to reduce the places bed bugs can hide.
- Regularly vacuum bedrooms carefully, paying particular attention to the bed frame and headboard. Use the crack and crevice vacuum tool to get into tight nooks and crannies – where bed bugs like to hide.
- Regularly launder bedding in hot water and dry with high heat in the dryer. Laundering (washing and drying) will kill all stages of bed bugs. Make sure items such as socks are left individually and not “balled up” during laundering.
- If you discover an infestation in your apartment, dorm or hotel, report it to the building or facility manager and public health agency.
- Only a professional can help you eliminate a bed bug problem, so call a pest management professional at the first signs of an infestation.