There has been a resurgence in bedbugs in many places in the US, recent news reports suggest.
According to recent news reports, the incidence of bedbugs in the US has shown an unprecedented increase. Apparently they are turning up in theatres, stores, motels, hotels and private homes all over the US. People are finding it difficult to get rid of them and also getting sleep thanks to these little insects.
How to deal with bedbugs when traveling
Bedbugs are small insects which feed on human (or other mammal) blood. They live in mattresses, sofas and other soft furnishings. They are active in the dark and usually before sunrise. Like many other insects which bite humans, they anaesthetize the person and it is only after they have bitten and sucked out the blood, that the person will feel the bite and start itching.
How do you know you have bedbugs?
If you examine your mattress or furnishings in the day and find poppy seed like stuff in the creases, these are the bedbug eggs. Or you may find dark markings which is the fecal matter. The bedbug bites usually appear in clusters or rows and if you wake up every morning with bites – even if you do not see the bedbugs – your mattress is probably infested with bedbugs.
In the night and in the dark if you pull up the underside of the mattress and switch on the light, you may find the bedbugs scurrying away. Bites which you are not sure are from mosquitoes or other insects can often be attributed to bedbugs.
How to deal with bedbugs in your home
What can you do?
You will need to call in a reputable pest elimination company to carry out the dis-infestation process. Unfortunately, while earlier DDT was successful in eliminating bedbugs, it is now a banned product. And pest control chemicals which are meant for outdoor use cannot and should not be used indoors.
The pest control treatment consists of low odor sprays and some aerosol use. In some instances, heavy vacuuming with industrial vacuuming machines may help. It may be necessary to get rid of your bed and/or mattresses and pillows if the infestation does not come under control.
Professional treatment is the only thing that may work. And you may need repeated treatments to get rid of them as females lay many eggs a day and multiply rapidly.
How do you treat bedbug bites?
As the bites can be itchy for a long time and you can keep on getting reinfested, you should try not to scratch too much. You can apply a topical steroid cream or lotion to help control the itch. If required, you may take an anti-allergy pill in the night before going to sleep.
Usually bedbugs do not spread disease, but scratching the bites can later cause infections. Rarely, people can have anaphylactic reactions to bedbug bites.
Prevention is better than cure
If you travel and stay at Tony hotels or flea bag motels, you can still get bedbugs which can get into your luggage or clothing and then go home with you, without your even realizing it. Once they get into your mattresses or furnishings, you can have a major problem.
At the hotel, you should check if you get overnight bites and ask the management for change of rooms. When you get back home you should wash everything with very hot water and vacuum your entire luggage as well. If you do get bedbug infestation, then treat it immediately, even if you just spot a couple of bedbugs.