Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Truth About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are all the rage these days. People are freaking out. Media has once again created mass hysteria, because as they say, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Bed bugs do not indicate an unclean environment. They travel in luggage and end up in various places. Cleanliness has nothing to do with it. It's unrealistic to expect lodging establishments to rip apart beds and headboards, and examine furniture every day in every room simply to make sure there are no bugs. It's not their fault if bed bugs are present, and they are difficult to get rid of. If you're that concerned, check the furniture yourself, or just don't travel.

Bite marks can take up to 14 days to develop. Don't be that person who discovers bite marks, freaks out, and attacks the person at the front desk. Do some investigating first, and see if there is any other evidence of bed bugs in your current environment (small blood spots on sheets and mattresses is a sign of bed bugs). And even if there are, you may have been the one who brought them along.

Getting angry solves nothing. If there are bed bugs where you're staying, getting angry and pointing fingers is not helpful. You may have brought them, the people before you may have brought them. No one can tell for sure where they came from unless you get bitten everywhere you go (then it is very likely that you are the carrier, but that does not mean that if that doesn't happen, you didn't bring them). And after all, do you get upset at the existence of mosquitoes?

Bed bugs are just bugs. They have existed for many years (where do you think the phrase "don't let the bed bugs bite!" comes from?). There is no reason to get upset now. For more information on bed bugs, here is a good article from the Center of Disease Control:

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