A two-day National Bed Bug Summit was held in Washington, D.C. last week to address the recent infestations sweeping the United States.
According to FOX News, these critters have infiltrated millions of homes, as well as movie theaters and the most posh retail stores and hotels in recent years. Although bed bugs have never been shown to carry diseases, they do leave noticeable bite marks when they attack. In addition, the presence of these insects can cause a lot of embarrassment for homeowners, who may refuse to host social events in fear of ridicule.
Many sources recommend the hiring of a professional exterminator to eliminate bed bugs because, unlike some other species, these creatures are tough to locate and even tougher to eradicate. According to Bed-Bug.org, there are several effective ways to treat bites: Resist scratching, use calamine lotion, apply an ice-pack to relieve swelling and disinfect the area with antiseptic soap.
Although bed bugs are typically associated with unkempt homes or apartments, GoodHouseKeeping.com warns that these critters can travel to any location, and they commonly move from place to place through furniture or pets.
The website recommends that homeowners check their bed frames, mattresses and behind their headboard for bed bugs. In addition, they should inspect their dresser table drawers and upholstered chairs.