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Ready for Vacation? Be Sure You Don’t Bring the Bed Bugs

KofferV3 Ready for Vacation? Be Sure You Don’t Bring the Bed BugsFrom the name alone, you can tell that a “Bed Bug” is a bug that lives in your bed. While you can guess that they would be active at night, you may not know that they are not exclusively nocturnal. And sometimes they can get into your luggage and go with you on your next vacation. Here is what you can do to avoid bringing them with you.

What is a bed bug?

A bed bug is a parasitic insect that feeds exclusively on blood. The name comes from the fact that their preferred habitat is inside beds or bedding of warm houses. This bug feeds on human blood and often times the host does not even know that they are being noticed. If they bite you, it could cause skin rashes and allergic reactions.

Inspection is your First Defense

Preventing bed bugs in the first place is a great way to avoid them from getting into your luggage and joining you on your trip. When packing, be sure that your luggage is clean and be sure that you pack in a clean location. Carefully inspect the luggage inside and out. Take it outdoors in the natural light. Open the luggage and remove the contents to make sure everything looks clean. Even pull out a trusty magnifying glass to really see into tight areas.

Avoid the Spread

If you see any movement from a dark or translucent pest, you could have an infestation on your hands. If you think there is a problem, you should vacuum it and wash it with soap. You can even immerse the luggage in hot water. A thorough cleaning is very important to avoid from spreading the bed bugs. In addition, it is a good idea to avoid using secondhand luggage from a thrift store as you do not know where that luggage has been. By isolating potential bed bug infested items, you stop their spread immediately, helping you travel without pest invaders.

Getting Help

For more information about bed bugs or to get professional treatment, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Bed Bugs: Affecting Homes & Businesses Worldwide

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Bed bugs on a chair

Bed bugs usually travel from place to place by hitching a ride with humans. Since we tend to be rather mobile, bed bugs can easily find their way to your home or business. Certain types of businesses are more likely to encounter bed bug infestations, but everyone is potentially at risk. We have treated hotels/motels, multi-family housing (apartments and condos), nursing homes, university dorms, public schools, military bases, firehouses (and rescue trucks), and hospitals, among others.

If you think about situations such as these, you can see how easily bed bugs can move from place to place:

  • A home health care worker treats an individual whose house is infested and returns home without recognizing that he or she is carrying bed bugs. Now the nurse’s car and house are at risk of infestation.
  • Rescue workers pick up a person who has collapsed at home without noticing the person’s clothing carries bed bugs. The rescue vehicle, fire station and individual medic’s homes are now at potential risk.
  • A couple whose house is infested attends church, not realizing that bed bugs have hitched onto her purse and his dress shoes. The bugs may drop off and look for another warm host, continuing the cycle.
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Bed bugs in a shoe

There have been many cases reported in the news around the globe, from a hotel so badly infested in India that the owners decided to just shut it down, to reports of ongoing challenges with ambulances in Hawaii. There was even a case a few years ago where two international flights were grounded until the planes could be treated for bed bugs.

While there is no evidence that bed bugs transmit any diseases and their bites are not venomous (though some people may have allergic reactions), these bugs have quickly become a worldwide problem once again. Bed bugs were essentially eradicated back in the mid-twentieth century with the use of strong insecticides. Unfortunately, these chemicals were found to cause environmental issues and were banned. Bed bugs have made a steady comeback, spreading quickly in part because our society is so mobile. People who use many of the reduced-strength over-the-counter products to treat bed bugs themselves are, in many cases, worsening the problem when the bugs build up resistance to the chemicals.

So if you own or manage a business, what should you do?

It is virtually impossible to prevent bed bugs from entering your establishment. The best thing you can do is train your employees on what to look for as an indicator of a potential bed bug problem and teach them the steps they should take if they find an issue with bed bugs or other types of pests. As soon as you find any indication of an infestation, contact a pest professional. They will send either trained inspectors and/or bed bug dogs (K-9 inspectors!) to confirm and treat the problem. Delaying will only make it more difficult to get rid of the bed bugs.

Commercial Bed Bug Training

If you have a business that is at increased risk of exposure to bed bugs, Clegg’s offers periodic  bed bug classes to train your employees on how to deal with these determined pests. The session covers identifying bed bugs as well as action steps to take if the bugs are discovered. If you would like to learn more, please contact us via email or call 1-888-672-5344.

To learn more about bed bugs, read our recent articles:

Bed Bugs FAQ (includes information on how to identify an infestation)

Avoiding Bed Bugs While Traveling (great for businesses with employees who travel frequently)

Bed Bug Heat Treatments (the most efficient way to get rid of these pests)

If you suspect you may have a bed bug problem, contact Clegg’s today to schedule an appointment to have your premises checked. Waiting will only allow an existing bed bug infestation to get worse and cause the problem to spread. If you have questions about bed bugs, feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MR-CLEGG.

 

Bring the Heat to Remove Bed Bugs

Heat Machine Bring the Heat to Remove Bed BugsBed bugs are at an all-time high as of late. They’ve been popping up all over the place including motels, resorts, luggage, and unfortunately your home.

The silver lining in all of this is that, contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not carry any diseases. They are just a nuisance and cause mild to severe skin irritation when bitten.

If you believe your home is infested with bed bugs, Clegg’s will provide a FREE inspection. Our detection methods are extremely effective and adorable. We currently have two trained bed bug detection dogs, Smoke and Rambo. K9 inspections may require fees for commercial sites. We can go on about them all day but we already have in a previous post.

Once bed bugs have been detected, it is on to the treatment phase. Lucky for you our treatment processes are just as effective as our bed bug detection dogs. If there are no extenuating circumstances, our team can be in and out of a standard size home within 12 hours including prep and treatment time.

Our team uses and has been trained by Pest Heat. This heat treatment system delivers controlled, high volumes of heat to targeted areas. We blast infested areas with heat ranging from 120 – 140 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours.

This type of treatment effectively kills bed bugs in all forms of their life cycle from eggs to adults. This approach is chemical free and environmentally friendly.

If you happen to notice bed bugs or any signs of bed bugs, contact Clegg’s at 1-888-672-5344. You can also contact us online or request service.