You just got back from spending time on the road for business, and you’re itching and scratching like crazy. Your irritated skin and bumps may not prove that you have bedbugs, however. It’s vital to confirm that you’re really dealing with an infestation before taking action.
Are You at Risk?
The beds in hotels and similar lodgings are known for their potential to harbor bedbug colonies, and bed bugs are not discerning on the type of hotel—the fanciest of hotels to the most basic motels are subject to bed bugs. For instance, the problem is so well-established that you can even check free online databases like the Bedbug Registry to find out whether you stayed in a hotel that other travelers reported getting bedbugs from.
Bedbugs don’t just infest bedding either. News sources say that if you spent time in a hotel that had a bedbug problem, then your luggage or clothing might have picked up some of these insects. Although it’s possible to sanitize your clothing by placing it in the dryer at temperatures of at least 120º F, you may have to resort to a pesticide spray for your luggage.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, bedbug bites are easily confused with various rashes, hives and wounds from other biting insects. You may even be one of the rare individuals who doesn’t have a reaction to getting bitten. Furthermore, bedbugs aren’t the only types of insects that can inhabit your sleeping areas. Asking a professional for their insights on what you're actually dealing with is a good idea.
So how can you tell if you’re dealing with these annoying, blood-sucking parasites? For one thing, bedbugs are visible to the naked eye at most stages of their life. Consumer Reports experts recommend visually inspecting spots like the head of your bed and the seams of mattresses and box springs.
You can also search for the waste products that bedbugs leave behind. For instance, they shed their pale, yellowish exoskeletons as they grow, and after feeding, they excrement small dark spots. When they get crushed as people move around in their sleep, dying insects may leave brown or reddish blood stains on sheets, mattresses and other kinds of furniture. The EPA also notes that in serious infestations, bedbugs can spread to many areas of your home, like window frames, electrical outlets, cracks and corners.
Dealing With Bedbugs
Your bedbug infestation may be severe or just getting started. In either case, it’s smart to find expert help before the problem grows worse.
Calling a professional is the best way to get rid of bedbugs and their irritating effects. Contact State Pest Control today for all of your bedbug mitigation and other pest control needs.