It’s Bedbug Awareness Week, and bedbugs are still a problem in America. 99.6% of pest professionals still treat bedbug problems, higher than 10 to 15 years ago.
The top 3 places for bedbugs are consistently apartments, homes, and hotels. Complaints are higher in the summer, so people may accidentally bring them home from hotels.
Bedbugs can be found in furniture and beds but also behind baseboards and wallpaper. They can also survive in odd locations, like backpacks and cars.
Bedbugs don’t transmit diseases, but their bites can become red and itchy welts. Make sure you recognize these pests.
To avoid bedbugs, keep your suitcases away from furniture in hotel rooms and vacuum them out when you get home.
Check your sheets for telltale blood spots, which are a sign that you have bedbugs.
Never bring second-hand furniture into your home without thoroughly checking it for signs of bedbugs.