Bed bugs have been in the news a lot lately. Epidemics are being reported regularly. Almost every month there is another report on an infestation. Large city centers are particularly vulnerable because they have a huge number of people crammed into a relatively small area.
To name only a few cities – New York, Toronto, Fort Worth, Seattle and Denver have all been in the news recently regarding widespread infestations.
ABC, CBS and CBC are all major television networks that have had reports on bed bug infestations lately.
Shown in this map are the reports of bed bug infestations in the Denver area for the year 2010 only. Clearly this is a widespread problem that must be taken seriously!
Bed bugs are being found in movie theaters, shoe stores, lingerie stores, office buildings and even hospitals are not immune.
It used to be thought that bed bugs were a scourge of the poor and the unclean but this myth has been crushed. In fact it is the affluent and people of means that may be more at risk as hotel rooms seem to be of major concern.
Bed bugs travel by hitching a ride on their human meals. The Grand Central hub for a bed bug would be hotel rooms. These rooms are highly trafficked areas and are akin to a tasty all you can eat buffet to a bed bug. They feed at night when their prey is asleep and then go back into hiding when daylight returns. But sometimes a bed bug may find it’s way into an opened piece of luggage or lay eggs on a carelessly tossed piece of clothing on the floor.
If you travel a lot, always make sure you check your hotel room for bed bugs the second you enter it. It takes less than 10 minutes and will save you weeks of headaches and fistfuls of cash. As they say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
Take a look at this informative video of bed bugs in the news:
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