Officials Warn About Bed Bugs

The Comanche County Health Department announced that bed bugs are crawling in the area. The experts warned residents of ways in preventing them from spreading. The bed bugs are tiny, flat, and about an apple seed’s size. They are reddish-brown in color. They have 6 legs. They don’t fly or jump, but they are hitchhikers and fast runners.

Travel season spreads bed bugs

According to the experts, the problem is a seasonal one. Additionally, it gets worse especially during the holiday travel season. The Comanche County Health Department gets bed bug complaints every time. Now, they are getting 2 – 3 calls per day. The approaching holidays are the most hectic time in the year due to travels. Bed bugs can enter a coat, purse or luggage.

According to Zachary Foley, a health specialist, preparation is a way to prevent these bugs from getting on people and from getting taken to homes. Foley said that it is good to bring a flashlight when getting inside a hotel room so all nooks and crannies, and mattresses can be checked. If these bugs get to a home, they can go anywhere and hide. They are also visible to the human eyes.

Getting rid of bed bugs

Bed bugs thirst for blood. However, they can resist doing so for around nine months, and they can also live to a year. Scott Brown, an Environmental Pest Control Technician, indicated that when they reproduce, they’ll carry big problems.

According to Brown, a way on how to get rid of bed bugs is to kill them with heat. He added that there are professional heat treatments, and it usually takes around 8 – 12 hours.

Brown said that the process starts with them setting up equipment. The temperatures will range from 120 – 140 degrees, and this is lethal for every stage of bed bugs, from eggs to adults. Then, they will set up fans to create a tornado-like effect. This is to penetrate to the chairs, couches, mattresses, walls, carpets and more.

He also suggested that a follow-up be done after a month to recheck that no bugs have returned.

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