Saturday, July 11, 2009
The best way to get rid of bed bugs is not to get them in the first place. With the summer travel season in full swing, it is important to remember that the bed bug problem is raging war on unsuspecting and ignorant families as they vacation. When you travel, whether it be on a plane train or automobile, or bus, or cab, you have to remember that there has been many who have come before you. Bed bugs are the king of hitch hiking and they are spread via trasportation. When you depart with your luggage at an airport or throw your bags under the bus in the luggage area, you are inviting trouble. What you must remember is that you must check your bags when you arrive at your destination, inside and out, for bed bugs. Start to bring a flash light with you where ever you go. Shine the light along the seams, in the pockets of the bag, etc. Look for bugs. When you arrive at your hotel, do the same. Take the bedding off, look for blood stains or spot, look at the mattress around the tufts and seams, and around the buttons of the mattress. Look around and at the head board. I even know people who bring a screw driver with them and take the head board off to inspect. Believe me, it is worth the time and effort to avoid getting a bed bug infestation because once you have them, you might as well learn to live with them, at least until an effective means of getting rid of them is discovered.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Is there a way to tell for sure if I am being bitten by bed bugs? There are a few options to help you determine and answer this question. New traps on the market like the NightWatch and the CDC 3000 are good bets for a determination, although very expensive, but I wonder if people will balk at the price when being tortured by phantom bites. Then there is the option of hiring a bed bug dog. This is the probably the most effective way to get a negative or positive for the presence of bed bugs. I think that over the next few years we will be seeing alot of new traps and monitors come onto the market, but for now, our choices are limited.