Bedbugs were very uncommon in the US before the ban on DDT in the early 1970’s. This pesticide was quite effective on bedbugs, and its use contributed to an almost total eradication of bedbugs in the US. With world travel being common today, bedbugs are on the rise. People can easily let bedbugs hitch a ride from parts of the world where they are more common. Bedbugs spread quickly and easily due to their hearty nature.
Hotels are a common place for bedbug infestations, since international travelers can bring the unwanted pests with them on their journey. Almost every state in the US has reported outbreaks, with several high profile ones in fancy hotels in big cities like New York and Los Angeles. No hotel or home is immune to invasion from these creatures.
Since bedbugs stay out of the open most of the time, you probably won’t see them unless you’re looking for them. The most common sign of bedbugs is their bites. Bedbug bites are small, red, and itch. Since the bedbugs are most active at night, this is when the bites will happen. Even thought they’re quite small, it’s still possible to see them, or signs of them, if you look closely. It’s always a good idea to check the mattress if you’re staying in a hotel. Look closely at the seams, and lift up the mattress to look below. If you see any small bugs, there might be a problem.
Getting rid of bedbugs is difficult since they are very tough insects. They can withstand intense heat and cold, and they can go without eating for many months. Calling a professional pest control service may be your best bet if you suspect a bedbug infestation.