Bed bugs are a notorious and invasive pest that no one in Hawaii wants to deal with - especially not business owners. However, many misconceptions and concerns surround these tiny insects. This guide goes over the most common bed bug questions, so you’ll be informed on how to protect yourself, your employees, and your clients from bed bugs and their bites.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small blood-feeding pests that typically come out at night to get a blood meal. They can sense the amount of carbon dioxide humans give off which is how they know when we are sleeping.
While only about the size of an apple seed, bed bugs aren’t too small to see. They are a reddish-brown color and an oval shape. They appear flat except after they’ve just eaten, in which case they are round.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found?
Unfortunately, bed bugs can get into businesses in a myriad of ways. Bed bugs can be picked up by employees or customers from a number of potential locations and unwittingly bring them inside with them. While bed bugs typically come from inside the home of an employee or customer, they can also spread from one business to another if they are in close proximity.
When it comes to businesses, there are certain bed bug “hot spots” where they’re most likely to be found. These include medical facilities, laundromats, hotels, public transportation, schools, senior living homes, and office buildings - in addition to managed properties like apartment buildings. These types of industries all contain an excess of material to hide inside such as cloth, bedding, and furniture.
Once inside a business, bed bugs most often invade mattresses and bedding, but they can also infest places that don’t have beds. They can hide on other furniture, curtains, and even in small holes in walls.
Can Bed Bugs Spread Disease?
One of the main concerns with bed bugs is if they are dangerous or not. Given their ability to consume blood, it would be easy to assume that bed bugs are as dangerous as mosquitoes or ticks. But, this is not the case. Luckily, bed bugs aren’t known to spread any specific illnesses. However, there are still numerous health concerns that bed bug infestations bring.
What Health Risks Come With a Bed Bug Infestation?
While bed bugs haven’t been found to spread any illnesses to humans, they can still cause some other health problems such as secondary infections from scratching at the bites. Also, in severe cases, bed bug infestations can lead to anemia. However, this is rare.
In a business scenario, however, these risks are multiplied due to the number of people that could become affected as well as the impact that spreading an infestation from your place of business has on your reputation.
What Are The Signs Of Bed Bugs?
While bed bugs can be difficult to notice at first, there are some signs you can be on the lookout for. Some of the main signs of bed bugs include:
- Finding discarded bed bug exoskeletons or left behind egg casings around bedding or near baseboards
- Seeing bed bugs in the folds of mattresses
- Discovering rusty or bloody spots on bedding or other upholstered furniture
- Smelling a weird, musty odor that wasn’t there before
Unfortunately, one of the most common signs that you have bed bugs in your business is when someone comes to complain about the bites they’ve received. If and when that happens, it’s time to call a professional immediately to figure out the source of the problem.
How Do You Know If You Or Someone Else Has Been Bitten?
Bed bug bites can sometimes look similar to other insect bites, but there are a couple of things to look out for. These bites usually appear in lines or zig-zag patterns, and they can show up anywhere that your skin is exposed while you sleep. The bites are usually reddish and will often show up in the morning. But, sometimes the bites can take a few days to show up.
Who Is At Risk For Bed Bug Bites?
Bed bug infestations can happen to anyone, and anyone with an infestation that visits your business puts you at risk. Anyone can be bitten, but the bites do impact some people more than others. Those who are allergic to the bites may notice increased swelling and itching at the bite site.
From a commercial standpoint, hotels, motels, hospitals, senior care facilities, and managed properties like apartment complexes are some of the most at-risk businesses for bed bug infestations due to the high presence of beds, allowing bed bugs to easily spread from one victim to the next.
How Can You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are a rather difficult pest to both prevent and control, and the longer you wait, the more it risks your business’s reputation. Bed bugs are a rather difficult pest to both prevent and control. In order to completely remove the infestation, every single bug and egg needs to be eradicated. This is why assistance from the experts at Bullseye K-9 Detection is the most effective way to handle any bed bug problem.
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