Tips for dealing with the unwelcome guest of bed bugs

by Tom Simplot

Feb 8, 2015

Tips for dealing with the unwelcome guest of bed bugs

Family and friends are packed up and ready to head back home to their likely colder climates. You’re getting your apartment back in order and discover what look like bed bugs. Could it be that your guests brought unwanted pests? Unfortunately, yes.

The bed-bug epidemic continues across the country and travelers can be unintentional culprits of bringing bed bugs.

Bed bugs are very small, the size of an apple seed, and they are used to hiding. Check in crevices, folds of materials and between cushions. They crawl out to feed on human blood, usually at night, and leave small bites and often a bit of a deposit. Many people with an infestation report that’s how they found them, by finding deposits that resemble small drops of blood in bedding. You may also find a rash after having been bit.

When you find these pests, it’s important to treat the problem right away and the right way.

Arizona law states that you must also notify your apartment manager if you discover bed bugs. They will help you clean up and treat the infestation. If you take matters into your own hands first and aren’t successful in getting rid of them, your apartment manager may charge you for the additional clean up.

Most apartment-management companies contract with pest-control companies who know how to identify and treat bed bugs. You’ll have to do some careful clean up of personal items and it’s imperative that you follow all their instructions so you don’t see more bugs.

When guests stay with you, it’s a good idea to do a quick review of the bedding and mattresses after a visit. A couple extra minutes can save you time and money in the long run.