Like the rest of the tri-county area, those in Hollywood are no strangers to bed bugs. The blood sucking louts have long been a curse to many residents within the American subtropics. Yes, the subtropics. While bed bugs have recently been making headlines in northern cities, the pests develop faster and spread more easily in communities typically associated with year-round temperate and humid environments. That mentioned, bed bugs go where they can find a blood meal, no matter if NYC or Seattle. In fact, least one fifth of all Americans have dealt with bed bugs or know somebody who has.
Bed bugs’ prevalence hasn’t exactly upped acceptance of the blood suckers. While being eaten alive is hardly anybody’s idea of fun, populations in mosquitoes-heavy areas are quite used to the annoyance, including residents of Hollywood. Only real problem? Effective bed bug treatments are costly and time intensive, with many infestations requiring methodically timed treatments. Recent advances like heat treatments have certainly cut down on this inconvenience, but the option is still quite pricy. However, the price can quickly seem well worth it given the social repercussions of ignoring bed bugs.
Quality of life and finances aren’t the only realms bed bugs affect –opportunities, employment, and vital services can also become jeopardized. Plenty of employers and organizations are understanding of bed bug problems, but only to a point –most particularly in the field of medicine.
Given the uproar, it’s surprising bed bugs aren’t that harmful compared to other pests. Their bites can certainly be an eyesore and a slight minority has serious allergic reactions, but the creatures aren’t known for spreading disease or becoming so numerous to drain a victim dry. Still, any place that offers mass lodging is well aware that bed bugs can cause major upset. In fact, lawyers are now even offering to represent upset clients and tenants over the bed bug issue. No strangers to the risk of lawsuits, hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics are also very weary of bed bugs. The risk of a malpractice suite actually makes such organizations among the most fastidious. Sometimes that includes refusing to treat patients, even if the illness is life threatening.
Regardless if such a policy is right or wrong, the fact remains that such neglect does happen. Those who are sick need to be particularly weary of bringing home an infestation –even more so than the medical staff themselves.
Of course, Hollywood patients and regular residents can use a number of procedures to preempt bed bug infestations:
Don’t ignore mysterious bites – This is the south we’re talking about, so only within reason. Many Hollywood residents are occasionally eaten alive by mosquitoes, but if new bites are consistent and your usual spots aren’t rife with mosquitoes then bed bugs very well might be the culprit.
Look for stains – Bed bugs leave very visible fecal stains. Furthermore, bed bugs might be resilient to all sorts of environments but we’re still significantly bigger –it’s common to crush bed bugs while sleeping.
Keep luggage/bags close at hand – Very sensitive to body heat and CO2 emissions (including skin oil), bed bugs have nearly an uncanny ability to track their human hosts. That includes attraction to used clothing and bags, which bed bugs will crawl into.
Travel and sleep in white –Lighter clothing not only helps beat the Hollywood heat, but can make tag-along bed bugs more noticeable. More importantly, wear white while traveling. Light bedding can also make stains and the bugs themselves more visible.
Bag the mattress –Many mattresses are porous, enabling bed bugs to dwell inside and nest, making it much harder to eliminate the creatures –let alone detect them.
Buy new – Used clothing, furniture, and books are rarely washed and hold a higher chance of containing bed bugs than new products. New products themselves aren’t bed bug proof either, and some department stores have even needed to temporarily close down to deal with infestations in the store proper and adjoining warehouse.
These precautions are some of the few that prevent bed bug infestations, but the insatiable little parasites will infest just about anywhere. Aside from prevention, early treatment is among the most effective means to effectively eradicate bed bugs. No matter if you’re suspicious bed bugs are lurking in your home or if you’re dealing with a proven infestation, call 561-644-4176 or message OharaPestControl.com –now serving Hollywood along with the wider Broward County area!