Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite (1)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Traveling during the holidays can be rough. There's so much to
worry about and plan ahead for: bad weather, traffic, and now, bed
Bedbug infestations have been on the rise since 2009, so it's
important to know how to protect yourself and your family from
these creatures if you're traveling or if you're welcoming
travelers into your home this holiday season.
One thing to keep in mind is that bedbugs aren't only found in
beds. They can be found on airplane seats, clothes and even in
According to Scott Svenheim, an expert from pest-control company
Truly Nolen, bedbugs can also be found on your pet. Bedbugs love to
feed off of warm-blooded animals such as mice, guinea pigs and
birds, so if you have those animals as pets, check them frequently
for bed bugs.
Bedbugs will also travel up to 15 feet for a meal, so check your
desk, side tables, headboards and any other furniture near your bed
for bedbugs as well.
Of course the most common place bedbugs live in is the bed. If
you see dark red blood stains on your mattress and sheets and smell
a sweet, musty odor emanating from your bed, you have a bedbug
Once you've established that you have an infestation, Svenheim
said to remove all linens from the bed and seal them in a plastic
bag. Remove all linens from your closet and also remove your drapes
and curtains and either wash them or discard of them as well.
Vacuum the room thoroughly and discard of the vacuum bag
Svenheim then recommends that you get the carpet and furniture
professionally steam-cleaned and hire a professional to treat the