Bed bugs can ruin a night’s sleep, and an infestation is incredibly hard to fully contain. Worse, bed bugs can hitch-hike with travelers and follow them home, so even if you come across them in a hotel, they can easily end up in your own house! The mere rumor that a lodging destination has bed bugs can kill a business. Whether at home or traveling, you should always be aware of the possibility that bed bugs could be around. Here are a few things you should know so that you can look for signs of bed bug infestation.
Signs Of Bed Bug Infestation
Whenever sleeping in a strange bed, you should always check it for any signs of bed bug infestation. Don’t be complacent just because it’s a nice hotel, either. Bed bugs have no problem taking up residency in 5-star accommodations, as well as local dives.
The major signs of bed bug infestation include:
Rusty or reddish stains, almost like blood stains, which are the result of bed bugs being crushed.
Why are there blood stains on my sheets? Small dark dots – about the size of the bullet point on this item – which bleed through the fabric like a marker. This is bed bug excrement.
Visible bed bug eggs, shells, or the yellowish skin that bed bug nymphs shed. Look carefully, the eggs are only around 1mm in size.
Also, if there’s a genuine infestation, you’ll usually be able to see the bugs by looking under the mattress, between the sheets, and so forth.
Protecting Your Home From Bed Bugs
You do not want a bed bug infestation to start up; they can be even more pernicious than fleas. Prevention is definitely the best medicine here!
Be extra vigilant whenever bringing home secondhand furniture with any fabric components. Examine it closely before buying.
A half hour in the clothes dryer on full heat will kill bed bugs in clothes, pillows, stuffed animals, etc. So if you even suspect you might have been exposed, give everything a heat treatment.
Vacuum frequently, and, once finished, make sure to immediately take the vacuum bag to an outside trash bin.
If you’re using shared laundry facilities, transport your clothes in plastic bags. Never let them come into contact with other clothes. Fold them at home, rather than at the laundromat.