What if the bugs come on vacation?

Hollywood doesn't need thrillers to scare holiday crowds. Bed bugs have panicked America! The common bug Cimex lectularius hysterically in the country has created an atmosphere of paranoia, which is affecting the usual festive atmosphere of the upcoming holidays. Worried guests on vacation may bring these pests home, which strains the hospitality of many usually and amiable hosts and puts more stress on family gatherings. The fear of picking up these tiny, blood-sucking parasites from the infected hotel room and taking them home has led many to cancel their holiday travel plans and forgo long-term relationships with relatives.

In Time magazine on October 18, 2010, humorous columnist Joel Stein laughed at bed bug delusions that swept the country. Stein expects holiday tourists to stay at several hotels during a cross-country trip in New York with zero bugs, and says his wife Cassandra "has been trying to deceive his father and wife … before entering our home, boil water Rinse clean. "

Laughing at our fears may save us from being overwhelmed by hysteria, but invading the turf that hardly destroys pests is not a joke. Adults are slightly smaller than apple seeds. They are brown-red, wingless, body-shaped insects that crawl into your bed at night and feed on blood while you sleep. Although they are not known to spread disease, their bites can cause severe allergic reactions and skin infections. In addition, these tiny insects provoke a psychological fear that makes the victim feel nervous, anxious, and jumping for months.

"They're creepy. They're invading your shelter, your bed, and suddenly you can't fall asleep because they come out of the wall, spring box, thinking Jeffrey White, the star entomologist of the Internet series Bed Bug TV Speaking in Time magazine on October 4, 2010. "I've seen people emotionally collapse because of haunting. "

Equal-opportunity pests are only attracted through human blood, not trash or poor house cleaning. Your chance of meeting them in an expensive luxury hotel is the same as a cheap interstate motel. The well-known Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York is the world's richest hotel, and has been sued by customers three times in recent months claiming to have been bitten by a bug. Avoiding these pests is almost impossible. In the past few years, problems in hotels, apartment buildings, and university dormitories have become increasingly serious. These hard-to-eradicate pests have begun in office buildings, retail stores, cinemas, schools, hospitals, subways, trains, airplane luggage compartments and single rooms Appears. Family home. To sign up with them, you just need to sit in a taxi or stay in a hotel room recently vacated by an infected person.

The fact that they enter the house with the victim's or guest's clothes, luggage or belongings can only exacerbate bed bug delusions. They are skilled travellers, hiding in the seams, folds and corners of clothes, suitcases, purses, briefcases and backpacks. A lot of stigma plus stigma can be difficult to discuss with vacation guests. Miss etiquette expert etiquette Judith Martin cautioned guests not to be embarrassed. However, some ex-ante and ex-post precautions can reduce potential risks without offending guests.

Some licensed pest control companies now offer surveillance services. Eye-catching monitoring equipment is placed where these pests may spread and is checked later. Arranging services before and after the holidays can find bed bugs and then spread in your home.

The following additional steps can help minimize the risk of nuisance when vacation guests are visiting:

• Install entomologist-approved anti-bite boxes on mattresses and spring boxes.
• Place the bed away from the wall.
• Tuck sheets and blankets so they don't hit the floor.
• Use light colored bedding for easy evidence discovery.
• Place low-tech surveillance equipment under the feet of beds and furniture.
• Provide guests with luggage racks or tables. suitcase.
• If the guest unpacks the luggage, leave the luggage outside the bedroom.
• Provide hanger racks on the door for guests to use.
• Remove any debris that may be hidden.

After guests leave, carefully vacuum your house with a vacuum cleaner [wrap the vacuum bag in plastic and immediately move it to an outdoor trash bin], and follow these laundry procedures when washing guest linens:

• Put linen in a plastic bag to bring it to the laundry room to prevent bed bugs or their eggs from spreading in your home.
• Put items directly into the washing machine and put plastic bags in outdoor trash cans.
• Wash the linen with the hottest water as possible and dry it in the hottest dryer setting; 120 degrees for at least 30 minutes.

Over the next few weeks, watch for obvious signs:

• Bugs or exoskeleton along mattress seams, carpet edges and under sofa cushions.
• Sheets, mattresses, undersides of spring boxes, behind headboards, skirting boards and rusty blood smears or black stool spots around heated vents.
• Mosquito bites, especially after bedtime.

If your home appears in spite of the best precautions, it is important to call a licensed pest control company immediately. Early detection and rapid action are essential for successful bed bug elimination. Bed bugs multiply quickly. Single women can lay 500 eggs in their 6 to 12 months of life. Larvae hatch within 4 to 12 days and reach adulthood in just one month. A pregnant bug can quickly multiply thousands of major pests. However, because bed bugs tend to stay within eight feet of a food source, pest control should be arranged as early as possible while bed bugs are still in the bedroom to prevent pests from spreading and spreading elsewhere in your home.

These pests have become a fact of life in the United States. Although you shouldn't let them force you into hiding, be cautious and take precautions, especially during the holiday travel season. Bed bug monitoring, preventive treatment, and regular inspections by a licensed pest control professional can provide homeowners with peace of mind that they will not be bitten and can get a good night's sleep.

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