With the holiday season upon us, many families travel across the country, which means possible bed bug infestation. But there are some things you might not know about bed bugs.
Bedbugs are visible. They are not too small to go unnoticed. They resemble an apple seed. However, the newborns can be smaller. If you look close enough, you may be able find the eggs. Unfortunately, they tend to hide inside cracks so they may not always be that visible.
Some people bitten by bedbugs may not react at all. Recent research shows that only small percentage of people react to bed bug bites. So bites should not be the main sign that you have bed bugs.
Most people believe bed bugs are only found in beds but that’s not necessarily true. They are also found on the ceiling, side tables, curtains, carpeting, and many other places around your house or hotel room. Some people transport bed bugs from one place to another. Bedbugs feed on any blood available if warm blood is not available.
Bedbugs have six legs so they can run around very quickly. Some people believe they can fly or jump but that’s not true. They crawl and humans transport them in their belongings. Bedbugs will crawl three to four feet per minute. They get onto beds by crawling up through items nearby. For example, items those hang down and touch the floor or headboards touching the wall. They avoid slick surfaces as their feet don’t have much traction.
Heating your blanket, sheets, clothes, bags, and any other item infected at 120F for 1 min will kill bedbugs and their eggs. If you think you brought some of infected items home from your holiday trip, put your things in the drier. Solar heating can also help eliminate these little insects. Put your belongings in a clear plastic bag and let it sit outside on a sunny day.
There might be other insects in your bed that are not bed bugs. Carpet beetles, for example, look different from bed bugs but some people think they are bedbugs because perhaps they are not familiar with how these tiny vampires look like.
Some people believe bedbugs are not possible to control but that’s not true. There are treatment options as well as sanitation, fumigation, and other ways to get rid of them.
Bites are the most common symptom and indicator of bed bugs. However, if these symptoms happen throughout the day somewhere other than your bed, chances are you don’t have bedbugs.
If you suspect bed bugs are in your hotel room while travelling in South Florida this holiday season, contact a Aventura bed bugs attorney.