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About Bed Bugs

Unfortunately, Bed Bug Bites are steadily increasing. Before World War II bed bugs were a common problem. Using strong pesticides nearly controlled these pesky insects in the United States. But many of those pesticides were also too strong for humans and are no longer used. So bed bug problems are surfacing again. Found in unsanitary as well as clean places, it is difficult to get rid of these bugs. You really do not ever want to get them. Learning all about them and how they bite is what you need to do.

The ruthless little brown bugs bite you and suck your blood while you are asleep at night. They munch right over any uncovered skin. So you will find the rows of bites they commonly make on your face, hands, arms, and neck. Doctors actually refer to these rows as the breakfast, lunch, and dinner pattern. The tiny bugs like to feed sequentially, and their feeding pattern makes rows.

You may confuse their bites with mosquito or flea bites. They do itch, and your skin will become red and swollen. If you scratch them too much, they may become infected. The bites do not hurt when they happen. But, the severe itching and swollen red spots let you know they have found you.

The insects are very tiny, shaped like ovals, and look reddish brown much like small cockroaches. They do have wings, but actually are not able to fly at all. Once they have fed on you, they may look very red in color.

These nasty bugs can live in many areas in your home. It is common to find them in wooden furniture, or even cracks in walls. But they tend to cluster near mattresses, box springs, bed frames, dressers, wicker furniture, and upholstery. The areas they like to live in can be either very crowded and unclean, or very clean. They can live for months without feeding, so vacant homes and hotel rooms are likely places to find them.

If you find their small bumps on your skin, you will want to find their infestations and clean them out. Look for dark spots on sheets, bedding, behind pictures on your walls, or in the corners of your furniture. The dark spots are stains caused by their fecal matter, and sometimes you can also find some old skins. Once you know where they are you can call a professional to get rid of them.

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the bites. You can help reduce the itching and swelling by using steroid creams or oral antihistamines. The main reason to treat a series of bites is if they become infected. Then antibiotic treatment will be necessary to get rid of a secondary bacterial infection. So the main goal is to not scratch the bites. Learning to check for infestations is the best way to avoid Bed Bug Bites in any environment.

It’s a rock solid fact that bed bug bites are steadily increasing. You thus need a reliable treatment option to get rid of the problem permanently. More information now in our comprehensive bed bug overview including Bed Bug Bites Pictures .

Keep Bed Bug Outbreaks Quiet

One of the main challenges of hotel bed bug outbreak management is controlling the report details and keeping that information within staff boundaries — without letting it needlessly spread out to visitors and guests.

Luckily, the days of Egyptian Bed Bug Outbreak Management (100% deNIAL) have become more rare. If your company or chain policy is still Egyptian-centric, i.e., housekeepers are terrified to even report bed bug findings, then you are officially living in deNIAL. How’s that working out?

Let’s continue with the understanding that your hotel is grown up and taking a proactive stance to detect, deter and destroy bed bugs. This means that housekeeping and front desk staff are on the case when bed bugs are discovered or a guest report is filed.

Proper management of hotel bed bug outbreak information is critical to help you get rid of bed bugs in the hot zone before they spread. Now of course an loud talking, irate guest at the desk can make this difficult, but proper crisis management techniques can even minimalize this factor. You main goal at all times is calm quiet responce — and fast direct action.

Sometimes it’s hard to get things done quickly and quietly, but in most cases you will need to do exactly this. No matter the source of the report, the plan of action should flow something like thing.

Alert front desk to the zone and extent of the outbreak.

Alert housekeeping supervisor and schedule double close spot checks and bedding flips in the hot zone.

Alert maintenance to to the bed bug infestation and order adjacent room barrier treatments.

Log everything to document what you know and what was done to handle it. Remember, these notes should be stored for later in case litigation is brought against your hotel. Time, date, names, etc are critical to documenting the outbreak response and information management.

So yes the best practice is to keep bed bug outbreaks quiet, but also the folow up action is even more important to maintaining a safe and guest freindly hotel for all to enjoy.

Dwayne Coots

Bed Bug Bureau
Field Intelligence Agent 001