Part 2 of the Why, Who, How, When & Where series on Bed Bugs.
In part one, I discussed “Why” bed bugs have returned.
In this part, we’ll talk about “Who” is at risk.
WHO is at risk? Well…sorry…we all are. Bed Bugs are not indicative of an unclean or untidy home and they can be found in even the cleanest environment.
Being the world travelers that we are, these little critters travel with ease from one country to another via clothing, luggage, and, yes, on us. They are found in hotels, motels, on airlines and in cargo holds. The bugs wind up staying in the seats of airplanes, buses and other means of public transport, eventually clinging to a passenger and finding their way into homes.
Short of hosing down the house guests as they arrive for the holiday visit, you are at risk. Houses with no history of Bed Bug infestation have suddenly become infested soon after visiting relatives leave. Bed Bugs aren’t a sign of filth but are simply opportunistic parasites who are able to get into even the cleanest homes. Bed Bugs do not discriminate and are not at all particular about WHO they choose to live on…I mean with.
Discreet precautionary measures can be employed as we head into the holiday season. Reassure your incoming guests that they do not need (you do not want them) to bring their own bedding and pillows. Protect your guest bed with bed-bug-proof bedding protectors. Provide luggage racks for your guests and encourage their use. Upon their departure, wash all bedding in hot water and thoroughly vacuum mattresses, and the room; paying particular attention along the walls, corners, and draperies.
The bottom line is that Bed Bugs feed on human blood and will live anywhere that it is available. YUCK!! However, we can limit their residential opportunities by taking some basic precautions.