Feeling a little itchy? Recently a national pest control company released a ranking of the top 50 U.S. cities with the highest bed bug population and, unfortunately for them, Chicago tops the 2013 list. Chicago won the silver medal in this bed bug competition last year, but got more of the critters this year to take the cake.
While Mobile is not to be found on the scratchy-bed-list, bed bugs can be a plague that afflicts even the tidiest of sleepers. “Based on the diversity of cities on the list, we all need to be very cautious when we travel—whether it is business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation,” said Entomologist Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “We need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions.”
- Don’t put your travel bags on your bed. Your bag or purse has seen many surfaces that your bed doesn’t want to.
- BugMaster suggests using Catchmaster’s Bed Bug Travel Spray.
- When purchasing second-hand clothes or goods, wash them well and with hot water.
- It is safest to avoid buying used mattresses and pillows, but use your best judgment if you do purchase them.
- A mattress pad or memory foam mattress can make it harder for bed bugs to get inside of your mattress to make it a home, which means it can make it easier for you to get rid of them.
Bed bugs have been around for centuries, and although we humans may never embrace the species, we can take measures to manage them well enough to sleep soundly at night.