Sending a child off to college this fall? Arm him or her with information about preventing and responding to bed bug infestations.
It’s true—college dorms and student apartments are not immune from bed bug infestations, reports Washington Post columnist Jennifer LaRue Huget. But forewarned is forearmed; a little prevention—and a lesson in what to do if the worst happens—can help keep bed bugs from ruining your child’s college experience, here in our Sacramento pest control region or anywhere in the country.
Bed bugs as you already know are really harmful for humans—and in fact humans are bed bugs’ favorite snack! Although bed bugs prefer human blood, they will feast on other warm-blooded animals if no human hosts are readily available, including mice, rats, bats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds, especially chickens and swallows. Although pets such as dogs and cats are not usually affected by bed bugs, when it does occur it’s a miserable situation for the animal.
Bed bugs have the same effects on pets as they do on humans. Pets may have the same skin allergies and reactions to bed bugs as humans do: itchiness, scratching, and hair loss. Pets can become anemic and less active, giving the bed bugs a more stable place to feed.
Perhaps the saddest aspect of a bed bug infestation affecting your pets is that the animals can’t tell you how they feel about it. Check your pets for irritable skin and/or infection from scratching or biting at their skin. And don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team of Sacramento pest control professionals and bed bug experts at email@example.com or 916-457-7605 for questions or to schedule a free inspection of your home or business.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted its second annual bedbug summit in Washington, DC, last week, bringing hundreds of scientists, government officials and pest control experts to the capital for a two-day conference on combating bed bugs. Reports from the conference and information about a national bed bug strategy will be available within a few weeks on the EPA Website at www.epa.gov .
Meantime the stars of the show–the bugs themselves–are featured in this summit video!
Bed Bug Photo Courtesy of National Pest Management Associaiton
One in five people in the United States has experienced a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has, according to a new National Pest Management Association survey. A majority of the 504 adults surveyed said they are concerned about bed bugs, with 78 percent expressing concern about infested hotels. Read more here. Don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team of Sacramento pest control professionals and bed bug experts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-457-7605 if you have questions or want to schedule a free inspection of your home or business.