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It’s National Bed Bug Awareness Month

Keep your suitcase from the bed and bed bugsTo create awareness of bed bugs September marks the launch of the first National Bed Bug Awareness Month. To kick things off, BedBug Central has released a how-to video on traveling bed bug free.

Bed bugs are masters when it comes to sneaking a ride in the folds of your clothes or your suitcase, which is why they have become such a widespread problem across the US.

A hotel could be the very bill of hygiene and cleanliness, but where’s there’s people, there could well be bed bugs lurking. Taking a couple of minutes to check your hotel room for bed bugs will go a long way in helping to stop bed bugs invading the US. You can record any sightings at bed bug registry.

To stop bed bugs from taking their own Labor Day vacation back to your home wash the contents of your suitcase on a high temperature. Sustained temperatures of 120 degrees or higher will kill all life stages of bed bugs. Here’s some facts about bed bugs.

8 Bed Bug Facts

  • Bed bugs are generally found in cracks and crevices including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames.
  • Bed bugs cannot fly and prefer to hide close to people when feeding.
  • Bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding.
  • Sometimes children have become anemic due to multiple and ongoing feedings by bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs are used in homeopathy to cure ovarian pain. Look for the label: Cimex,Cimex lectularia, or; Acanthia lectularia.
  • Heat treatment will eradicate all bed bugs in one hit, without the need to go searching for each and every little blood sucker or leaving any residue.
  • Over 75% of US pest controllers have reported that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to treat, according to a study by the National Pest Management.
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2 Comments

  1. Brigitta
    Posted September 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I remember last year in July and August, bed bugs seemed to be constantly on the news in the US. I am constantly checking my hotel room and bed for any signs of bed bugs, so this Bed Bug Awareness Month is a really great idea! The greater the awareness, the better prepared we’ll be to prevent these annoying insects from making such a nuisance of themselves.

  2. Posted September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Hotels should also be aware of the damage bed bugs can cause to their reputation, there are some advices they can follow when designing their hotel rooms to avoid or make more difficult bed bug infestations, such as: use paint rather than paper on the walls, avoid carpets, keep curtains far from the bed, do not place sockets near the bed…Bed bug like small spaces as they use them to hide, so hotels should seal immediately any crack or crevice found in any room, to prevent bedbugs from going from room to room.

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