When it comes to bed bugs, can you imagine what a hassle it can be to have them infest your home? Unfortunately, bed bugs do not limit themselves to just houses; they can infest businesses, too. Here in Hawaii, any business that falls in the hospitality, property management, medical facility, senior/assisted living, or transportation sectors could be greatly affected by a bed bug infestation. As such, it is important for you to know the indications of a bed bug infestation so that you can take appropriate actions and limit exposure to these parasitic pests.
Identifying Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small parasitic pests that grow to be about ¼ of an inch long. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies, six legs, and are reddish-brown in color. However, after feeding on blood, bed bugs will swell up and turn to a deep reddish-purple color.
Bed bugs feed on the blood of mammals and birds, however, their favorite is the blood of humans. As such, bed bugs like to infest places that provide them with easy access to a lot of people whom they can feed upon. Therefore, if your business has a lot of people coming and going on a regular basis, you could be susceptible to bed bugs.
Issues Bed Bugs Cause In Businesses
As previously stated, there are a variety of businesses that can be susceptible to bed bug infestation. Whether it’s hospitality, medical services, or transportation, bed bugs in your business are bad news. That’s because bites from bed bugs can produce itchy red welts. Additionally, there are other health concerns that can come with bed bug infestations including anemia in certain cases. Therefore, if word gets out that your business is infested with bed bugs, it will most assuredly lead to a drop in customers. Just imagine trying to get people to book a room in your hotel or a slot on your tour bus knowing that they might pick up bed bugs in the process.
Additionally, getting rid of bed bugs from a single home is hard enough; if a bed bug infestation spreads throughout a hotel, hospital, or senior living center, it is incredibly difficult to fully eliminate. Therefore, you need to know what to look for so that you can nip any bed bug infestation in the bud before it grows large.
Indications Of A Bed Bug Infestation
Depending on what business you’re in, bed bugs can hide in any number of places. Some common areas to find bed bugs are:
- Mattresses and box springs
- Upholstered furniture
- Cracks in walls
- Cracks in wooden furniture
- Inside wall voids behind outlets
- Inside keyboards and electronics
With that in mind, some indications that bed bugs have infested an area include:
- Bloodstains on sheets, pillowcases, and upholstered furniture
- Brown or rust-colored smears from bed bug excrement on sheets or furniture.
- A musty odor around areas that bed bugs are known to frequent
- The appearance of bite marks somewhere on the body
What To Do Should Your Business Become Infested With Bed Bugs
Given how difficult bed bug infestations can be to eliminate, if you notice any of the signs of bed bugs, do not hesitate to call the trained pest professionals here at Bullseye K9 Detection right away.
Here at Bullseye K9 Detection, our trained pest technicians and bed bug-detecting dogs are fully equipped with the expertise and experience required to effectively eliminate any bed bug infestation with which you are currently dealing. Don’t let these parasitic pests wreak havoc on your business. Call us today.