Bed Bugs: A Growing (and Itchy) Problem

It’s a problem that’s growing and seems to be everywhere we turn.  Bed bugs.

You have probably seen or read something about bed bugs in the last few weeks.  Stories about office buildings, movie theaters and retail stores being shut down after infestations were found.  People dealing with the itchy pests in their homes.

Once eradicated in the U.S., bed bugs reemerged in the last few years as overseas travel became easier and changes were made in the chemicals used to treat the pests.

Although they do not pose a health threat, bed bugs can leave very itchy bumps on humans.

The fact is, the bed bug problem continues to grow.

The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) urges people to be smart about bed bugs and know that there are steps they can take to prevent bringing bed bugs into their homes.

  • Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.
  • Before sleeping in a hotel or rental property bed, check the mattress and bedsheets for tell-tale blood spots or signs of bed bugs.
  • Consider bringing a large plastic trashbag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays.
  • After traveling, wash all clothing and bed linens in hot water and dry using an electric clothes dryer.
  • Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections.
  • Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control to address an infestation.

Bed bugs cannot be properly treated without the help of a professional.  Bed bugs are elusive pests and can hide in cracks and crevices of mattresses, furniture and even baseboards of walls.  If left untreated they can continue to multiply and will spread to other areas beyond the initial point of infestation;  often infesting several rooms in a home, or adjacent rooms of hotels and similar structures.

If a homeowner discovers bed bugs, NCPMA urges them to contact a professional immediately. To find a local professional pest management company, please use our Find a Pest Pro page.


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