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Bed Bugs – What You Need to Know When Traveling

Studies of Bed bug have tripled in the United States since 2005. These rising numbers have been influenced by several factors, including increased foreign travel, increased mobility in general, and our lack of caution and awareness of the habits of these pesky creatures. Awareness of bed bugs will allow you to deter bed bugs from spreading further and prevent them from being able to bite you.Learn more about us at Miami Bed Bug Exterminator Association

Bed bugs prefer to live in mattresses, sofas, cushions or even on wooden surfaces as long as they have easy access to food. They ‘re drawn to the carbon dioxide produced by warm-blooded animals and strike while the victim is still alive, so they can inject some anaesthesia under the skin to drain the unsuspecting victim’s blood. We are the food these animals crave and at night they will come out of their hiding places for feeding.

Most people are not aware that bed bugs are around until they are attacked. In the morning, waking with scratching and red, occasionally raised bites gives you a feeling of fear after you have shared your bed. Typically these bites are found in groups or rows on skin that were exposed directly to the bedding or chair. The itching for those who have a hypersensitivity to the bug’s anaesthesia secretion may be quite severe.

The cure for bed bug bites is typically simple, something like Benedryl ointment to stop the itch and reduce the reaction. A more serious reaction can involve a doctor’s visit for an anti-inflammatory drug, such as prednisone, but most people recover without medical treatment within a few days to weeks. It should be avoided scratching, as this may cause a secondary skin infection in the bites that will need to be treated with an antibiotic. There is no risk of transmission of disease from bed bug bites, such as HIV or hepatitis, because they do not seem to be able to transmit bloodborne pathogens as a mosquito or tick can do.

The best cure is bites stopping. Check the crevices of the mattresses, sofas, and chair cushions for sightings of the small beetle-type bugs while travelling or sleeping in unfamiliar environments. They like hiding in dark places until they find food in between. Another telltale sign is the presence of spots which resemble pepper or rust on the sheets or mattress. These are the droppings of the animals, and can also contain blood upon close inspection. Obviously, when any of these signs are noticed, it is important to warn the facility management and, if in a hotel, transfer to another room that has been thoroughly inspected might be all that is needed.

If you find that your home has bed bugs, it is not because your house is dirty or unkempt. You will find some bugs in the cleanest of settings. No need to be embarrassed or scared. Yet it’s time for change. It’s not an easy job to rid your home of bed bugs but it can be accomplished. After locating them in a room, the entire carpet, upholstery, mattress and any surface you can reach is thoroughly vacuumed. This will scare away the worms, the eggs and the larva. After physical removal the rest will be taken care of by a good dose of sun. Using the heat setting for pillows and cushions in your dryer, use a hot steam cleaner to clean the same surfaces you’ve vacuumed. Besides fire, there are sprays and traps which can be purchased to specifically target the elimination of bed bugs.

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