PUBLISHED ON April 22nd, 2014
In April, National Pest Management Month coincides with Bed Bug Awareness Week. As the weather warms and people travel, Washington and Oregon pest control experts want to raise awareness about bed bugs and offer prevention tips that you can use at home and while on the road.
Bed bugs are among the top pest problems in the U.S. While they’re commonly found in homes, Oregon and Washington pest control technicians share that bed bug encounters often occur in public places like libraries and changing rooms.
Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in shape and color. Their eggs and larvae are translucent and pale in color. They often nest in mattresses, furniture near a bed, closets, curtains and in other areas that are out of sight.
The most obvious sign of a bed bug infestation is seeing red, itchy splotches on your skin if you’re sensitive to the insect’s saliva. If your body doesn’t react to the saliva, you may notice reddish-brown blotches on your bed sheets, which may be dried blood or bed bug waste.
Bed bugs are harder to treat than cockroaches, termites and ants. Therefore, the best control method is prevention:
One of the best places to contract bed bugs is in a hotel room. Some bed bugs are so small that they can crawl through the closed zipper of a bag or suitcase and hitch a ride to your home.
Avoid bed bugs while traveling by:
If you think you have bed bugs in your home or place of business, call Eden Pest immediately. The technicians use green techniques to find and control bed bugs that are more effective than harmful chemical treatments. To make sure your business stays bed bug-free, sign up for Eden’s Bed Bug Response Plan, a proactive program that prevents, monitors and protects your facility.