Prevent Bed Bug Bites During Summer Travels Janay Rickwalder
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer
travel season. Families around the country will soon begin
embarking on vacations, and many of them will be checking into
hotels and motels – where they may encounter bed bugs. The National
Pest Management Association (NPMA) is encouraging travelers to be
aware of common signs
of bed bugs while on the road.
One way to recognize the early presence of bed bugs is by
finding small reddish-brown fecal spots on bed linens and
mattresses. If an area is very heavily infested, a “sweet”
odor may also be present. Other things that bed bugs tend to leave
behind are molted skins and white, sticky eggs.
Another sign of a bed bug infestation is swelling and itchy, red
welts on legs, arms and other body parts. Although bed bug bites
are painless upon first contact, most people develop an allergic
reaction to the saliva injected by the bug as it feeds, which may
itch for days. However, some people do not have reactions to
bed bug bites at all.