Monday, September 13, 2010

Bed Bugs: What Parents & Students Need to Know

Bed Bugs: What Parents & Students Need to Know

What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, flat, oval insects, which feed on the blood of people while sleeping. When the bite occurs it is painless, which occur in a straight line. The area may develop into a large, itchy welt similar to a mosquito bite. Bed bugs do not transmit disease, but can cause anxiety and sleeplessness.

Bed bugs are known as hitchhikers, transferred from one infested environment to another. They travel from one place to another on clothing, bedding, luggage, furniture, backpacks, books and more.

Why bed bugs are on the rise!
Factors contributing to the resurgence of bed bugs:
  • Unregulated sale, donation, importation and smuggling of second hand clothing, mattress and furniture.
  • More clutter and belonging in which the bugs can hide such as, conducive building, decorating practices and turnover of occupants. 
  • Denial/lack of reporting by tenants, workers, landlords, hotels, businesses, universities, etc.
  • Economic expansion enabling people to travel.
  • Global health officials focusing their efforts on disease vectors rather than bed bugs.
  • Changing lifestyle, greater reliance on communal laundries rather than washing items at home.
Avoid getting bed bugs.
To prevent bed bugs from getting into a room, do not bring any used or discarded items into the room. If you think you were somewhere with a bedbug problem, inspect your items. Pay attention to seams, folds, zippers and any other location.

Backpacks, lunchboxes, and other items that travel to and from school should be inspected daily and sealed in plastic containers or plastic bags to prevent bedbugs from getting into them at home. During inspection look for physical bedbugs, black stains created by fecal droppings and eggs which are pearly white and 1mm in length.

Suspect bed bugs.
  • Do you wake up with unexplained bug bites on your body?
  • Do you see any live bed bugs? 
  • Do you see dark brownish black staining on your linens or mattress?
Notify housing immediately if you suspect bed bugs. If you suspect bed bugs at home, call a licensed, trained, BedBugFree professional.

What not to do.
  • Do not throw items away or remove them for your room.
    • If items are moved correctly, it will prevent the spread in the hallways, other room and areas. You certainly do not want another student picking up the contaminated items and spreading the problem to a greater level.
  • Do not attempt to control the bed bugs on your own.
  • Do not relocate to another room.
    • Initially the first thought is to get out of the room. However, in doing so you carry the risk on carrying bed bugs on yourself and your belongings into another room. 
What you should do.
  • Notify housing immediately. If home, call a licensed, trained, BedBugFree professional.
    • Bed bugs can spread at a rapid rate, do not be embarrassed and notify someone immediately.
  • Clean up clothes and general clutter in the room.
    • Clutter provides an ideal place for bed bugs to hide and also makes bed bug service difficult.
  • Bag laundry and launder in hot water.
    • Laundering your clothing will reduce the spread of bed bugs. Place linens and other items in plastic bags and have laundered in hot water. Bed bugs exposure to heat will kill any insects and their eggs. Place in hot dry cycle as well. Throw bags into dumpster and place clean items in clean garbage bags.
I’m going home, what can I do.
Transporting bed bugs is definitely something to be concerned about. Limit what you bring home; bringing home items that can be placed in plastic bags. When you arrive home place items in hot dryer to kill any insects and/or eggs. Leave suitcase in garage and do not bring into home. Do inspect around zipper, folds, etc. before and after your travels.

Again most importantly, if you suspect bed bugs, do not be embarrassed take action NOW, before the problem it out of hand.

We are a licensed and trained in bedbug control and would like the opporunity to protect your health, home and property in the near future. For questions, contact us by phone 800-255-6777, email, twitter or  facebook.

We at Craig Thomas Pest Control, Inc. are grateful to: the National Pest Management Association, University of Florida,  BedBug Central, Bugs without Borders and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for pest information and/or photo images incorporated into this work. 

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