In recent years bed bugs have made resurgence. These small, nocturnal blood-feeding insects can seriously harm your business by upsetting guests. Bed bugs need blood in order to reproduce and complete their life cycle. Bed bug bites usually result in red welts that will itch. The bites themselves are not painful and typically are not felt. Frequent feeding can disrupt peoples sleep patterns. Around 27 agents of human diseases have been found in bed bugs, none of these agents reproduce or multiply within bed bugs, and very few survive for any length of time inside a bed bug.
What do they look like? Adult bed bugs are about ¼ inch long, oval, reddish-brown, and wingless. Their body is very flat, and they possess long, slender legs and antennae. They have a long, segmented proboscis (beak) that extends forward when the bug eats. At rest, the proboscis lies beneath the body and projects backwards between the legs. Immature bed bugs are known either as "larvae" or "nymphs." They resemble the adults, but are smaller and less pigmented.
Bed bugs typically hide during the daytime and are active at night. Because they are flat, they are able to find a wide variety of places to hide. Typical hiding places include beneath loose flooring, behind loose wallpaper, inside box springs or in mattresses, and in upholstered furniture. One common hiding place in hotel rooms is behind bed headboards that are fastened to the wall and another is behind moldings just above the floor. Bed bugs may also hide behind inside appliances. However, sites that have surfaces consisting of plaster, stone, and metal typically do not harbor bed bugs.
Training your staff to check for bed bugs is strongly recommended in order to identify an infestation. A professional pest control company should be contacted immediately if an infestation is found. Bed bugs can usually be found if mattresses show small reddish brown spots. Mattress seams should be examined for brown spots that could be bed bug feces, for shed skins, and for active bed bugs. Cracks and crevices should be checked. Sites to be searched also include behind headboards, furniture seams, draperies, floor moldings, if wallpaper is loose, and behind picture frames and baseboards, especially those located near the beds.
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