Bed bugs are such kind of pest that can be extremely difficult to get rid of in the US. Most pest control experts think that travel is one of the reasons why bed bugs can spread all over.
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What are bed bugs?
The Latin term for bed bugs is Cimex lectularius. They are little parasitic insects. They can be as small as 1 mm or as big as 7 mm, or roughly the size of Abraham Lincoln’s head on a cent.
These wingless, reddish-brown insects ingest blood while sleeping, including that of people, other mammals, and birds. When a bed bug has not eaten, it has a flat disk-like form. After chowing down on blood for a few hours, it expands in size and turns bright crimson. Then it flattens out once more after a few days.
You can notice their presence in the following ways:
- Whenever you discover bite marks on your body
- Bed bug exoskeletons can be found on your mattress
- Found hiding on your box spring or mattress
- You can see black/rusty-colored spots on your bedsheets
- A musty, often sweet odor can be felt
- You can have anxiety or sleeplessness.
Reasons for bed bug infestation
If you frequently travel then these hitchhiking pests can easily get into your luggage while you are in the hotel. They are present in the mattresses, beddings, and pillows in the hotels.
- Through hospitals
Hospitals always have constant traffic as patients and these bed bugs are discovered in patient rooms on furniture including beds, couches, and curtains.
- From colleges and universities
Due to university students’ tendency to move around, bed bugs can be a major problem on college campuses. Bed bugs are spread by baggage and furniture moving into and out of hostel rooms as students arrive and depart for spring, winter, and summer breaks.
- Through second-hand furniture
The popularity of used furniture is another reason for bed bugs. When a piece of furniture with bed bugs is brought into a business, bed bugs are often transferred to the building.
You may not get a decent sleep at night due to bed bug presence. Therefore, the sooner you act, it will help in preventing their spread. Act quickly if you spot bed bugs in your bedroom or another area of your house.