Updated Jun 18, 2012 - 7:52 am
Check vacation spot for bed bugs
PHOENIX -- Don't let the bed bugs bite. You also might want to make sure they're not wherever you are on vacation.
Bed bugs are a problem. "They are insects. They're considered parasites," said Amy Padilla of Truly Nolan pest control. "They feed on blood, obviously. They're attracted to our breath and our body heat."
Padilla said a bed bug bite is harmless, but can itch. The small bugs are about the size of watermelon seeds. They're not only found in beds, but also on airplanes, movie theaters and all over the place.
Padilla suggested taking a flashlight when you go on vacation. It will help in a search of the hotel room for bed bugs.
"Use your flashlight to look behind headboards. Peel back all of the linen on the mattresses, looking in the seams, nightstands. They can even fit between the pages in books, believe it or not," Padilla said.
If they get into a home, get all the sheets into the laundry room. "It's almost like you have to quarantine them to a specific place, so that they're not being spread throughout the structure," said Padilla. "You'll be doing a lot of washing of linens."
If bed bugs get into a house, Padilla suggested calling a pest control company with experience how to get rid of them.
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Bob McClay, Reporter