Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Bed Bugs Threaten Hotel / Motel Industry

Bed Bugs Threaten Hotel / Motel Industry

Bed bugs are very tiny, redish brown colored bugs that dwell and gather in places like upholstered furniture, mattresses, baseboards, walls, and other interior areas. After the great World War II, bed bugs were hardly seen in our society, however once the effective yet extremely dangerous pesticide DDT was banned, bed bugs started to rear their ugly heads again.

Another contributing factor to bed bugs today is that of international travel. Bed bugs can easily stow away in suitcases, and take up residence in the room where the suitcase is unpacked. Because many travelers stay in hotels and motels, bed bugs threaten the hotel / motel industry. Bed bugs are prevalent in areas of Africa, Asia and South America, and can easily be unknowingly transported from those areas to other places around the world.

Bed bugs feed on the blood of living hosts, and most often live close to the place where they feed. Because they're most active at night and prefer feeding on sleeping people and pets, mattresses are ideal homes for these pests. Bed bug infestation appears as dark spotting on furniture or mattresses, which is dried waste from the bugs. Because bed bugs can...

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