Recently, many hotels and other lodgings have experienced an infestation of bed bugs. These small, 5-7 mm long creatures feed on blood, including human blood. They are difficult to spot and even harder to eradicate, which means that you may be trapped in a hotel room with an invisible enemy lurking in your mattress.
Bed bugs were nearly nonexistent in the U.S. in the mid-20th century due to strong pesticides such as DDT. However, now we know that DDT can cause serious problems in the environment, and bed bugs have once again infested homes as well as hotels. Even though people often associate these insects with dirt and grime, they can also live in clean areas.
Bed bugs and their eggs are very resilient, and they can travel from place to place on clothing and luggage. This is why many hotels, motels, and other lodgings have experienced a steep increase in the presence of these insects. Once in a hotel or other living space, these insects can burrow into many different parts of a room, such as:
- Mattresses, box springs, mattress frames 분당풀싸롱
- Cracks in walls and flooring
- Upholstery such as curtains
- Upholstered furniture
- Crevices where the carpet meets the wall
- Inside furniture, such as bedside tables
However, these insects prefer to live near beds and other areas where humans spend large amounts of time. They are primarily active at night, when they crawl out of their hiding spots to search for blood. While bites often do not wake people, you may notice bumps on your skin that can itch and turn red. Although scientists are still pursuing the link between bed bug bites and Chagas disease, the most common complication from these bites are solely infections where people scratch the bites.