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Bed Bugs: A Growing National Epidemic

Posted by John Moore

Aug 30, 2010 1:52:00 PM

mom kids bedTo most of us, bed bugs may seem like a myth. However, they have become an unpleasant reality to many Americans in recent years.

Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown, oval-shaped insects. Although they cannot fly, they can quickly and discreetly take over your home with ease.

Bed bugs feed on humans and animals and therefore set up shop on our beds, couches, chairs, pet beds, and other places we spend most of our time.

Preventive Measures to Combat Bed Bugs in the Home

While bed bug infestations are not the result of uncleanliness in the home, there are certain measures you can take to help reduce the likelihood of them showing up in your home. These include:

  • Removing clutter, particularly from areas near beds, couches, and other living areas
  • Washing sheets and other linens at high temperatures
  • Inspecting areas around furniture for bed bug feces as well as the bugs themselves

Health Concerns of Bed Bugs

Medical concerns related to bed bug infestations are fortunately not severe. While bed bugs do feed on us as well as our pets, the bites are small and largely unnoticeable. If you are bitten, your doctor may prescribe antihistamines for itch relief and / or antibiotics, should infections occur. To learn more about treating bed bug bites on your pet, contact your veterinarian.

An Unwanted Vacation Souvenir

Because hotels are such a convenient place for bed bugs to make their home, it is important to take preventive measures to ensure your stay in a bed bug-free hotel. Sites like offer reviews of hotels to help you find a place to stay that will help you avoid having to take these pests back home with you!

What to do if you Find Bed Bugs in your Home

Bed bugs are resilient. They can travel from hotels overseas to your home. Individual bed bugs can live up to one year, and females can give birth to as many as 500 offspring. With an insect this experienced at survival, it's important to stop bed bugs as quickly as possible.

Bed bugs have unfortunately developed a resistance to most store-bought pesticides, which is why calling a professional exterminator like John Moore Services is vital to stopping and eliminating any bed bug infestations in your home.

Schedule service online today, and let the experts at John Moore Services eliminate pesky bed bugs from your Houston area home!

Topics: bed bugs, Pest Control, safety, tips, bugs

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