Indeed, bed bugs can bite in the night and can happen anywhere, anytime and to any one.
Bed bugs can get inside homes, apartments, hotels and other locations via infested clothing, shoes, luggage, backpacks and furniture. They can travel between cracks in walls or can come find you from an infected place you visited.
See below for some information so you can stay on top of the nighttime crawler.
- Bed bugs feed on human blood at night and hide in cracks and crevices during the day.
- Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease. However, bed bug bites can cause large, itchy welts on the skin.
- Bed bug bites are painless, but can cause itching, redness and swelling.
- Bed bugs do not fly, but can crawl up to three feet a minute.
- For Travelers:
- Pull back bed sheets and inspect mattress seams and box spring. Look for blood spots and dark pen-like spots.
- Wash clothes after returning from a trip and dry them on the hottest setting.
- For Tenants/Renters:
- Once you’ve seen bed bugs in your unit, notify your landlord immediately. Failure to do so may cause an infestation within a short period of time.
- The most important thing to know about bed bugs is that if you have them, you need to get rid of them to stop the spreading.
For more information about bed bugs and how to get rid of them, go to www.cdph.ca.gov and search “bed bugs.”