How to Check for Bed Bugs When Traveling
Bed bugs are tiny pests that love to hide in furniture and other common areas. Learn more about bed bugs and how to check your room for signs.
In recent years, bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have gone from relative obscurity to center stage in America.
WHERE DO BED BUGS COME FROM?
As the name indicates, bed bugs are often found in close proximity to beds. They are attracted to and feed on warm-blooded animals to survive. This can be humans or animals, but little is known about what causes bed bugs to have a preference for humans.
BED BUGS IN THE BEDROOM
To feed on humans, bed bugs want close proximity to the host. Box springs, headboards and bed framing are favorite harborage sites for these pests. They may also settle into furniture and fixtures that are close to a bed.
Bedrooms are not the only place where bed bugs can be a concern though.
BED BUGS OUTSIDE THE BEDROOM
Bed bugs are looking for human hosts who are inactive long enough to provide a meal. The feeding doesn't have to be at night. They will feed opportunistically, even in the daytime.
Where else might bed bugs find and feed on you?
Sitting for two hours in a movie theater while being distracted by adventure and popcorn? You could become an extra large drink for a bed bug.
Maybe the movie is enjoyed (or possibly slept through) in that favorite recliner in the living room. You could be a target.
Have a long cab ride into the office?
You get the idea. Any place that humans sit, rest or sleep can be a place that bed bugs are introduced or feed.
HOW DO BED BUGS SPREAD?
Bed bugs are consummate hitchhikers. In fact, they are primarily transported by humans and human belongings like suitcases.
If bed bugs or evidence of bed bugs are discovered, leave the area and call a qualified pest management professional to assist.
Bed bugs will move to other areas when they are disturbed. This may cause other areas to be infested that may be much more difficult to inspect or treat.