Did you know that bed bugs are such a problem that some websites dedicate themselves to nothing but the problem these creatures produce?
Bed bugs, a member of the Cimex family, have been a bane to people for thousands of years. They have some natural enemies but those are just as bad as the bug itself. They include ants, spiders, and cockroaches. Most of the time, the treatment is pesticides such as pyrethroids. The best procedure is to prevent them in the first place.
How do you go about doing that?
First, learn to recognize them. They are a tiny reddish bug that you might see on your bed or furniture. Fully grown, they are about the size of an apple seed. They are oval shaped, flattened, and they do not have wings. Before they feed on the blood, they are brown, and then turn reddish in color. You might easily mistake them for large dust particles. They lay up to 5 eggs a day and 500 during their lifetime so they are numerous most of the time.
Recognize the eggs when you see them, and get rid of them immediately, to prevent an infestation.
If you have to go to a hotel, make sure you check for them before getting into bed. In addition, remember, they can be in the furniture as well. If you see them, notify the clerk and get leave. You can get them and spread them to your home if you are not careful. Better to look for them than to be bitten by them and spread them as well.
Vacuum your mattress often and use white sheets so you can see them.
Avoid second hand furniture if possible. That definitely includes used mattresses. This one of the prime reasons bed bugs flourish. Do not rent furniture, as this can be another way they spread.
If you are concerned that you might have them, look for evidence on furniture and mattresses.
When you return from travel, wash your cloths as soon as possible. Place these cloths in large Ziploc bags until it is time to wash. Check your shoes with the same care.
All of these techniques will help you to prevent a problem that can even send you to the hospital with a rash or an allergic reaction.