Bed bug infestations happen more often than you would like to think. Because of the ease with which these pests spread, it has been said that there is in fact a bed bug epidemic in full swing in the United States.
How can you get bed bugs? Bed bugs easily attach themselves to clothing and luggage, and spread through close human interaction. Places like Missouri have gone as far as to consider a bill (Missouri HB1207 – Bed Bug Control, introduced by Representative Jay Barnes) forcing tenants to notify their landlords of suspected bed bug problems within 48 hours of encountering one, so that the landlord can take the necessary steps to eradicate the bed bugs from the premises. If the landlord does not take care of the problem, the tenants are allowed to press charges for damages. We definitely support this Missouri bed bug legislation, because knowingly living with bed bugs without seeking proper help will inevitably spread the bed bug epidemic because they can move from one property to another, and be transferred on human clothing.
Bed bugs do not discriminate where they take over. They thrive in schools, hotels, dorm rooms, government buildings,hospitals and corporate offices, not to mention your own home. Because bed bugs live off of blood, they are extremely unsanitary to have around, and cause irritating bite marks, preying off humans and pets alike. They multiply without letup, spawning a new generation on average every two months. The insect multiplies continuously as long as there is a suitable host.
One reason for such a surge in the world’s bed bug population is tourism and travel with infested luggage. They thrive in the warmer months when traveling is at its peak. These pests have surged in the news the last year or two, and it’s clear that it wasn’t just a quick scare. Bed bugs are a real, reoccurring problem not to be taken lightly. Professional pest control services need to be sought out for eradicating and controlling these blood-suckers. Don’t let the bed bugs continue their reign of terror! We each have to do our part to prevent the epidemic from spreading further.
Being extra weary of these hard to notice pests pays off in the long run. Check carefully for them in high traffic spots like hotel rooms, in and around the mattress, luggage racks, and other close human contact points. Check your home regularly to keep your it free of bed bugs. Areas you should specifically check are mattresses, dressers and baseboards. Keep an eye out for symptoms of bed bug bites like small, reddish welts.
Learn more about bed bugs and other pests common to Missouri in our pest resource library. Do you suspect a bed bug problem in your home or business? We can’t emphasize this enough – don’t wait to contact a professional right away. Call Bugs By Brian at (636) 394-0101 right away if you suspect a bed bug problem in St. Louis or surrounding areas.