Why should I check for bed bugs, I only stay at the nicer hotels?

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Why should I check for bed bugs,

I only stay at the nicer hotels?

 

So there has been a growing concern lately about the spread of bed bugs in the Sacramento area. In fact, it may be a growing concern in your area too. It is something that is costly and a real chore to get rid of. Don’t assume it can’t happen to you.

bed bugs in SacramentoWorking in many apartment communities, I have gotten to hear about many of the concerns of apartment managers and maintenance staff members. Asbestos, lead paint, mold concerns have been around for a while but the newest is the bed bug.

Bed bugs do bite. The bug needs blood to survive and humans are the best target; pets have hairs too close together for the ability to easily reach the skin. They hang out in little crevices of the mattress and clothing and when a warm body is near, it likes to get some blood.

The population will grow quickly, and you will likely finding adults, young and eggs all at the same time. The bed bugs must be treated to eliminate them from the apartment, hotel, or home. The best remedy for the problem is to not bring them into your home.

Where would I get these bugs?

bed bugs in apartmentMany are brought in by being somewhere that has them, and they can cling to you until you get somewhere else. If I go into an apartment with bed bugs I could be the carrier to my own home or even another apartment that I’m working in.

It is important to know where to look for these bugs, identify them and treat the problem right away.

Where could you get them?

 

Since they are carried, you can find them in places where you travel. Hotels are a prime example. People come and go through hotels, the bed bugs can be introduced from a visitor. I think I will touch on where and how to look for the pests in a future blog. It really doesn’t take long to check and you may sleep better knowing about the bed bugs not biting at night.  

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Praful Thakkar
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Tom, bed bugs are problems for all of us. I remember once I had to move to different hotel just because....

Jan 20, 2014 12:06 PM #72
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I just spent a week in a hotel.  Now I feel all gross and itchy after seeing your photos.  

Jan 20, 2014 12:39 PM #73
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Bill Reddington
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Had never really run across bed bugs anywhere until lately. Called the pest control company I use and was informed they treat for them all the time. Scary!!

Jan 20, 2014 01:26 PM #74
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Good for you for both noticing and doing something about it Praful. I am curious to know what the management did with the unit after you moved to another hotel.

 

Jan 20, 2014 10:38 PM #75
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Sorry Tammy, that wasn't my intention. Maybe others will check for bed bugs wherever they go to eliminate that feeling later.

 

Jan 20, 2014 10:38 PM #76
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If you want to know about the bed bug situation in your area, the pest control companies can fill you in on the demand for treatment. Now that you are aware Bill, I think you will be more likely to take steps in checking it out.

Jan 20, 2014 10:38 PM #77
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Mike Cooper
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Tom, I'll have to hide this blog from my wife. She'll be itching for weeks. They are so disgusting. 

Jan 21, 2014 12:04 AM #78
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I mentioned this bed bug thing to some of those that were at the event that I was attending, I began to think maybe I shouldn't have said anything Mike.  :)

Jan 21, 2014 03:03 AM #79
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Bedbugs are a serious problem in many areas.  Thanks for the heads up.

Jan 21, 2014 03:39 AM #80
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Tom ~ I look forward to your post about how to spot these little creeps. I think a lot of folks would benefit from it.

Jan 21, 2014 06:19 AM #81
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Tom-Nothing pleasant about thes little pests. Does the typical pest spray from commercial providers keep them away?

Jan 21, 2014 09:08 AM #82
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Thanks for the post.

Bed bugs are SO gross!

Creepy ..........

The Ralphster

Jan 21, 2014 12:36 PM #83
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That is a scary thought.  I have been in a lot or bank owned homes.  I have run into fleas, but I never thought about bed bugs.  

Jan 22, 2014 04:12 AM #84
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They are nasty! As a landlord, they are one of my big fears...I will never know if or when someone may bring a contaminated item into the property...until it's too late.

Jan 22, 2014 04:27 AM #85
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John - Being in the trades, I think we need to be particularly aware of our surroundings when we go into the multi-unit buildings; we could be spreading the pests from unit to unit unknowingly.

Jan 25, 2014 11:37 PM #86
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Dianne - I'm trying to get that done soon. I have a lot of Challenge posts that seem to be taking a bit of my time.  :)

Jan 25, 2014 11:37 PM #87
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Wayne - It is my experience that this does not clear up the bed bug problem.

 

Jan 25, 2014 11:38 PM #88
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I agree Ralph, but it is something that we need to get out there so that everyone is aware of the problem.

Jan 25, 2014 11:38 PM #89
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Most people do not think of the bed bug problem until it is too late Michael, then they have to treat for their removal.

Jan 25, 2014 11:41 PM #90
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You are so right Athina! Landlords are really dependant on the tenant for policing the unit. On top of that, many tenant are afraid to admit they do have them for fear of being kicked out.

Jan 25, 2014 11:41 PM #91
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