Bed bugs pose challenges to the hospitality industry cause their infestations irate the travelling guest, children studying in boarding schools and even at the private residents. Bed bugs infest residentials and offices since they cross-infest by “hitch hiking” in the luggage, bags and even carton boxes. Bed bugs are insects from the genus Cimex that feed on human blood, usually at night. Their bites can result in a number of health impacts including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed bug bites may lead to skin changes ranging from small areas of redness to prominent blisters.

These tiny insects, 4 – 5mm long, shun the light. During the day, they hide in cracks, crevices, furniture, bedsteads, mattresses, behind wallpaper, skirting boards, etc. These harbourages are also their breeding places. These factors plus the environmental factor such as heat and humidity aggravate their populations in short time. Pest management professionals need to conduct proper inspection to identify the infestation areas prior to control.

Bed bugs control can be achieved by having good ventilated with least humidity in addition to good hygiene practices. Serious bed bugs infestations can be mitigate using approved insecticide dispersed as residual spray or cold-fog. Heavy infestations may require a follow inspection and treatment to ensure all stages of bed bug life-cycles are mitigated. Vacuuming the adults and the eggs together with heat treatment will be advantages to prevent reinfestations.
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