Philadelphia recently took the top spot in America as the most bed bug infested city. For people who are living in different parts of America, these statistics mean nothing. However, if you are a resident of Philadelphia, this is something that can keep you tossing and turning at night. In order to reduce the number of bed bug reports education and learning needs to be a priority in the fight against bed bugs.
Bed Bugs do not Discriminate
One common myth that many people have regarding bed bugs is that it only affects poor neighborhoods and people. This is simply not true. The only thing that bed bugs care about is having a person that they can feed on at night. A reason why more poor neighborhoods are affected by bed bugs is because they often don’t have the resources to hire a pest control company to remove the bugs. This is how entire apartment buildings can become infested with bed bugs if one resident doesn’t deal with the bed bug problem.
People often believe that bed bugs are a result of uncleanliness. Just like bed bugs don’t discriminate based on income, they also don’t discriminate based on your homes cleanliness. Bed bugs will enter your home through a medium such as a backpack, luggage or clothing that has been in a bed bug infested area. This means that your child’s friend could bring bed bugs into the home on that weekend sleepover.
BedBug.net Articles That Everyone Should Read
Bed bug bite symptoms: This post talks about the various symptoms you can experience if you get bitten by bed bugs. Being able to recognize you are being bitten by bed bugs is the first step in getting rid of them.
How to identify a bed bug infestation: This is a must read for people who believe they might have bed bugs in their home. It goes through specific steps to help you identify bed bugs in your home.
Bed bug treatments: In this post you will find all of the treatments that are currently being used to target bed bugs. Even if you are planning on hiring a pest control company to deal with the problem it is important to understand what products they are using.
How to inspect your hotel room for bed bugs: This post talks about the importance of thoroughly inspected your hotel room before you check in. It is a must for anyone who is planning on doing a bit of travelling in the near future
A guide to hiring bed bug exterminators: Read this is you are planning on hiring an exterminator to deal with your bed bug problem.
Philadelphia Resources for Bed Bugs
Official Philly Government website for bed bugs: http://www.phila.gov/health/pdfs/BED%20BUGS%202011.pdf
List of Pest Control Companies in Philly: http://www.yellowpages.com/philadelphia-pa/pest-control-services
Below is an excellent video made by a Penn State student talking about bed bugs in Philadelphia:
If you have any questions about bed bugs in your city please leave a comment and we will try and answer your question.