Protecting Yourself From Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals including humans and pets. Their eggs are very small, about the size of a poppy seed. Their larvae are the size of a grain of rice. Adults are about a quarter of an inch long, reddish-brown in colour, and fairly flat. They live in dark crevices, such as those in mattresses and bed frames. To date, they are not known to spread diseases. For more details click Bed Bug Exterminator Houston.

Bed bugs have suddenly become an epidemic. Adults are fairly easy to kill, but their eggs are more resistant. An adult can live up to a year without feeding, the nymphs only 2-3 months. After World War II the problem of these nuisance insects had virtually disappeared in America. Why? Because of the use of DDT. In America, DDT has since been banned, but its use persists in many countries in the Third World. The spread of bed bugs has been enabled by global travel, flea markets and second-hand merchandisers. Some have asked if for a short time, we can just break out the DDT to get the bed bugs back under control. The bugs we are currently facing have come from countries that still use DDT and have mutated, becoming super bugs, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). They don’t suck more blood, they’re just harder to kill, and they’re DDT-resistant.

You need to take precautions when travelling to avoid helping the bed bugs in their distribution. How’re you doing this? Upon arriving, thoroughly inspect your hotel room. Pull the comforter off, pull the sheets down, and examine the sheets and mattress, the headboard, and any dark crevices. You’re looking for little coloured rust stains. In the room, check any furniture. They can be found in furniture, behind headboards and picture frames, along the baseboards, even in electrical outlets. These nasty little bugs like to travel. Leave your baggage in the car until you have sprayed the essential oils in your hotel room to drive them out.