We’ve all heard the saying, “Sleep tight… don’t let the beg bugs bite.” Have you ever wondered if bed bugs actually do exist and if they do bite?
Most recently, New York City has been dealing with highly publicized infestations of bed bugs that are affecting not only affecting 5-star hotels, but also residences.
They have become such a big problem that the New York City Government site has created a dedicated health section specifically on bed bugs. Bed bugs aren’t only found in beds, they are also found in retail stores, movie theatres, business offices, planes, trains, buses and tons of other places people simply just do not anticipate for them to be.
Bed bugs have become so common, The Travel Channel had compiled a list of the top 10 places bed bugs are hiding that you’re probably not aware of.
What Causes an Infestation of Bed Bugs?
All it takes is for just one bed bug to sneak its way onto you. They are elite hitchhikers and they generally tend to infest public places and spread to new locations via purses, backpacks, clothing or coats.
Bed bugs that tend to cause an infestation are pregnant female bed bugs. This is due to the way they mate. It’s so traumatic for the female, that she will wander to a new location to avoid being mated again. So because they will cover a bit of distance to isolate themselves, they will typically find an unsuspecting host to pick them up.
What You Need to Know
Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and are reddish brown in color. If you think you have been exposed to bed bugs, you should immediately wash and dry your clothing on hot settings or store it in a sealed plastic bag until you can wash them.
Bed bugs feed off human and animal blood, eventhough they have been found to survive 2-3 months without food. The only good news about bed bugs is that they are not known to cause or spread disease. If you are bitten by a bed bug, you might not feel it right away. It might take a few days before you begin to notice them, though some individuals do not react at all to their bites.
Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites, so while they may come out more often and bite over night, that doesn’t mean they won’t bite during the day time. The itch from a bite can last for a few days, if they are uncomrtable you can treat the itch with a topical anti-itch treatment.
How Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs takes a bit more effort than simply spraying a product around your home. Bed bugs are extremely good at hiding, causing this to become a daunting process.
Bed bugs have also become immune to many of the pesticides on the market. Having built a tolerance to the same chemical ingredients that have been used to treat them for over 40 years by a process called chemical resistance mutation.
Because bed bugs have become so difficult to get rid of, people have been using excessive amounts of pesticides which can lead to poisoning.
“If bed bugs have found a way to resist chemical pesticides, how can you safely get rid of them without using other harsh chemicals or dangerous pesticides?”
There are safer options to help get rid of bed bugs that won’t harm you or your family and pets.
Using an all-natural blend of essential oils, Bed Bug Patrol dissolves the bed bugs protective outer shell, and cause the bugs to suffocate. Bed bugs cannot build a tolerance to natural essential oils.
Be sure to treat your entire home, even if you do not find evidence of bed bugs in another room.
For more tips on how to safely and effectively get rid of bed bugs, check out our free guide below: