Happy 1st Day of Spring. For many, this is the time that many individuals get to travel with their families to fun places. However, it’s not fun when you travel to your destination and bring back bed bugs. In January, Orkin a pest management company announced a list of the top 25 bed bug cities. Chicago was the number one on the list. If you are traveling within California, popular cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose were in the top twenty five. Los Angeles being second on the list. They might be popular cities for travelers but also popular for the unwelcome travelers;bed bugs. When traveling and checking your luggage or your environment for bed bugs, one bed bug can produce hundreds of offspring. Since bed bugs are not going away, you might have had an encounter with bed bugs already. However, we hope you have not been bitten by a bed bug. To help you identify if you get bit by a bed bugs (and we hope you don’t) bedbugs.net shares five bed bug bite symptoms that you can identify and not confuse them with other insect bites:
- Red in color: Bed bug bites have an intense red spot located in the middle of the bite.
- Grouping arrangements: These bites tend to be in clusters of three, typically lined up one after the other. Clusters are not always linear and can also be bunched together in the same area.
- Bite locations: Bed bugs usually bite the face, neck, arms and hands. While they may bite elsewhere on the body, these four areas are most common.
- Timing: It may take up to a week for bed bug bites to appear and produce symptoms. Because of this time lag, bed bugs can spread when victims unknowingly bring them home from trips.
- Sequence: Bite symptoms begin with small bumps on the four main bite locations. They’re not itchy or painful to begin with, so the best way to diagnose is the linear pattern of bumps. After a few days, the red welts will rise and itching may occur.
Always check your belonging when you come back from your destination. If you even encounter bed bugs in your home, Alliance Environmental technicians are highly-trained in using heat treatment for pest control. Heat treatment is an effective, safe, and environmentally friendly alternative to fumigation that can be used for entire structures, confined areas or localized spot treatments. By applying the appropriate amount of heat evenly throughout a structure and for the proper amount of time, we are able to kill dust mites, bed bugs and their eggs wherever they are hiding in a single treatment