Critter Corner: Bed Bugs
If you travel frequently or watch the news you have heard of bed bugs. AISD health services would like to offer a few facts and some things that you can do to be proactive and hopefully prevent any run-ins with bedbugs.
· Bedbugs are flattened, reddish-brown, oval shaped insects about ¼ in. long.
· Bedbugs do not “jump” or “fly”; they crawl.
· They are nocturnal (meaning they are more likely to move during the night-time hours.)
· Most people experience itching, pain and/or swelling of the skin where bed bugs have bitten.
· Bedbugs are spread through infested furniture or by hiding in items used during travel.
· Bedbugs are commonly found in large buildings such as apartments, dormitories, prisons, hospitals, and hotels.
· Before treating an infestation, it is important that a professional correctly identify the bug.
What can you do to prevent transmission of bed bugs? Perform a thorough search looking for signs of infestation in any suitable hiding place. Look for feces (small dark dots in mattress corners or tight spaces), bed bug eggs, and for live active bed bugs. The best way to prevent infestation is to take extra caution when acquiring furniture or when staying in hotels. Thoroughly check beds, including sheets and mattress cording, for signs of bed bug infestation. Keep luggage, clothing, and other personal items on luggage racks away from upholstered surfaces and walls.