So, how do these bugs get in your bed and everywhere else around your home? They don’t just appear one day! These bugs hitch hike or walk through the unusual places in search of a host— you and your family! Remember they are an insect that needs to feed to survive. It’s interesting how many people discover bed bugs in their home and say “I know where they came from”. In reality the introduction of a bed bug could have come from anywhere. Read more
July 23, 2019
With the rising prevalence of bed bugs, we all need to be aware of bed bug prevention, but several industries are proving more vulnerable. If you work in the following trades make sure you and your employer are aware of the threat, read the compiled resources, and develop an action plan for both prevention and infestation.
With large numbers of people in and out of hospitals, many staying in beds, hospitals and other health care centers are prime targets for a bed bug invasion.
- Bed Bug Prevention and Control for Health Care Settings (Polk County, Iowa)
- Bed Bug Prevention for Emergency Facilities and Patient Transport (State of Virginia)
- CDC Resources for Health Professionals (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Bed bugs are excellent hitch hikers and retail shopping gives them plenty of opportunity to jump hosts. Thrift shops, where furniture and clothes are coming in and staying, are particularly bed bug susceptible.
- NPMA Guidelines to Bed Bugs in Retails Stores (National Pest Management Association)
- Bed Bugs— Reduce Risk While Thrift Shopping (Oklahoma State University)
Schools and Childcare
In K-12, backpacks, coats, and kids can all carry bed bugs from home to school and spread them to other students and teachers. At the university level, sharing of beds from semester to semester is an obvious cause of bed bug infestation.
- Bed Bugs in Schools: Guidance for Administrators, Teachers, and Staff (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Bed Bugs: What Schools Need to Know (State of Michigan)
Travel and Transportation
Hotels are hopefully very aware and highly trained on recognizing bed bugs, but transit workers may not be.
- NPMA Guidelines Response to Bed Bugs in Public Transportation (National Pest Management Association)
If you or your business faces a bed bug infestation, ask your current pest management company if they use heat to safely and effectively eliminate the problem. If your current provider doesn’t use heat, call TRS Extermination today. Our heat technology is effective against all forms of insect pests, but have found it to be equally effective against problem-causing allergens and bacteria as well. Give us a call at 513-604-6332. We are ready to help or consult with any unique applications! Your bed bugs will be dead. Guaranteed.