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Over recent years the number of reported bed bug infestations have increased by an enormous 5000%, and it appears that there is no escaping from these little blood suckering mites, they have infested homes, businesses, hospitals, care homes, would you believe they have even been found taking a ride on public transport! So, why have the numbers of infestations increased so dramatically? The answer is to this is straight forward - they hitch rides with unsuspecting individuals by hiding in clothing, books, luggage even used furniture. They then disembark at their next breeding location and the whole process can begin again. The association between bed bugs and staying at grotty hotels or motels at the lower end of the accommodation market has always been there, however these days this is most definitely not the case, bugs have been found in the most luxurious 5 star hotels too! There have even been cases documented where children have taken them into school in their clothing, the bugs have then transferred from child to child causing bed bug infestations throughout the community served by the school. There is some good news - if you can call it that when you have an infestation to deal with - is that there is no evidence that bed bugs carry or spread disease when feeding on human blood however, there is one risk which is worth pointing out. If a bug has recently filled up on blood which has become in some way infected and you happen to burst the blood filled bed bug there is a risk that the infection could be passed to you. After feeding the bed bug is usually so full that it needs very little pressure to make it burst, just moving in bed would be enough. Remember, they can live for up to a year without feeding so they do make the most of it whilst it is available to them. What should you do if you suspect that your hotel room, home or place of work has a bed bug infestation? Below are ten helpful tips which will enable you carry out an effective search by informing you of what to look for and where to look. Even if you have no reason to suspect a problem following these tips may help you prevent one in the future. 1 If you book into a hotel, no matter how reputable - do not assume it is immune to bed bugs! With this in mind the first thing you should do is check the bed as this is the number one favourite hiding place for them. To do this you will have to remove the sheets and other bedding, then carry out a systematic visual and physical inspection of the mattress. Use your fingers to check along seams at the top and bottom. Be sure to check round any buttons or handles or labels on the mattress for any signs of bug activity.

2. Secondly, take a close look for any very small, dark colored spots, in particular these are often found along the back of the head board - these may be faecal matter left by the bugs. If they are faecal matter they will stick to the surface and will leave a smear if wiped using a damp cloth. Whilst doing this also take a bit of time to have a good look for any live bugs or skins which have been shed by growing bugs - the skins are translucent in color. 3. The final thing you should look for are eggs. These are visible to the human eye and are about the size of a grain of rice and white in color. You will very often find these nestling along the edge of the mattress seams. 4. It is also essential that you carefully check other areas of the room and furnishings - bedside cabinets, dressing tables, closets etc. particularly in drawers and beneath free standing units. Clocks, radios, light switches and smoke alarms are among other favourite hiding places and are worth inspecting. A good rule of thumb is to check anywhere where light is limited as these are the most likely places for bed bugs to hide out - remember, they are nocturnal creatures. If you have any doubts DO NOT unpack your clothing and personal belongings. Discovering traces of powder in drawers and closets and along head boards this is usually a good indication that bed bugs have been and may still be in residence. 5 One very wise move is to always ensure that your luggage kept off the floor and firmly closed at all times. This should prevent the bed bugs infiltrating your clothing and belongings and bringing a bed bug infestation to live with you. Most hotels etc. will provide a luggage rack in each room USE IT! 6. A strong unpleasant odour in a room can also be an sign that there could be a bed bug infestation. The smell has often been described as being sweet - a bit like fresh raspberries whilst others have said it is a "musty" smell. 7. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security because the hotel you are staying in is brand new and perhaps only opened its doors a few weeks or days before your stay. The person who spent the night before in your room may have brought bed bugs form the hotel one down the road or from his home, in his luggage or clothing! ALWAYS CHECK even in the most up market, new hotels. 8. If you are unlucky enough to uncover signs of a bed bug infestation inform the hotel management immediately and CHECK OUT - don't accept another room. Bed bugs do travel and can easily find their way from room to room. 9. Before you leave make sure you leaving ALL the bed bugs behind! This may seem like a real pain but it is necessary. Check ALL your luggage and belongings carefully, item by item. This may seem like taking thing to the extreme but it is the only way to ensure that you are not taking home any unwelcome guests which are not always willing to leave again so quickly! Do not forget to check you laptop and laptop case! 10. Should you find bed bugs in your clothing what do you do? Well, ensure that the infected items are laundered in a hot wash and if possible tumble dried on a high heat then, place them in a tightly sealed plastic bag, away from other items which may still be infected until the bed bug infestation has been treated successfully.

Hopefully these tips should help you decide whether or not you have a bed bug infestation on your hands. If you are unfortunate enough to uncover such a problem in your home you will need a fast effective treatment. You can find about a variety of such treatments at Treatment for Bed Bugs.Com At this point a note of caution should be given. Due to the fact that bed bugs which have fed recently will burst fairly easily and may pass on infection from infected blood spraying should this occur. It is advisable that you protect yourself for this eventuality. Please wear disposable rubber gloves when carrying out any of the above inspections.

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