Bed bug infestations are terribly prevalent during the summer months as people travel and spend more time in public places. For example, members of a youth club orchestra recently suffered multiple bed bug bites during a four day stay at the Ramada Inn in Florence, Ky.
While bed bug infestations are inspiring more and more successful law suits, winning financial emuneration after years of litigation is insufficient immediate comfort for the average bed bug victim suffering bite lesions all over his limbs, nor can it stop homes from being invaded by the tiny blood suckers that have hitchhiked in from public places. Right now summer travel is near its peak, and dormitory living just around the corner, so rehashing bed bug prevention strategies is sensible.
Bed bugs most frequently dwell within a few feet of a bed, and so floor clutter around beds should be picked up. When bedding down in a public place such as a hotel room, a thorough search for bed bugs, should precede moving into the room. Bed bugs are tiny watermelon sized flat bugs that swell and take on a reddish hue after a blood meal. You will most often find bed bugs living in mattress seams, on box springs, in and around bedding, on the floor covering within a few feet of the bed, or on upholstered furniture. They may be directly seen or may be recognized by their shed skin, the blood stains of a crushed engorged bed bug from the night before, or crusted blood colored fecal stains on mattresses or in mattress seams.
If a search turns up no evidence of bed bugs, then it is safe to enter the room, but further precautions must be taken. Baggage must be placed on luggage racks and not on the floor. Dirty clothes should be kept in plastic bags and suitcases should be closed when not in use. After removing your clothes at night, inspect them for bed bugs. When returning from a trip, wash all clothes in hot water and then dry in a dryer for at least 20 minutes. Carefully check your luggage for bed bugs before bringing them into the house. When in doubt, you should contact a local pest specialist.
If you will be moving into a dormitory this fall, special precautions are in order. Be sure to inspect any second hand furniture for bed bugs before bringing the piece into your dorm room. Place sheets and bedding on your bed and not on the floor. Clutter should be picked up from around the bed and a careful search for bed bugs should be completed in the room before moving in. Be sure to check the room carefully for bed bugs, as was recommended for hotel rooms.
If bed bugs are sighted in a hotel room, the patrons should request a different room. If you notice bed bugs in your dormitory, speak with the dorm authorities and request a new room. While bed bugs bites aren’t dangerous they are annoying and can reduce the fun of a vacation, or the restful atmosphere of a dorm room. Bed bug prevention is the first step in bed bug control. Therefore, it is well worth it to take a few minutes to check carefully for the signs of bed bugs in your room.
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