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Yikes! Bedbugs are unwelcome holiday visitor

October 23, 2019

Article originally sourced from Tallahassee Democrat



"The upcoming holiday season is a unique time of year where a large number of people are traveling to be with family or host family members at their houses during seasonal festivities.


If you aren’t Santa Claus with a sleigh and reindeer, you are likely traveling by car, train, bus, or airplane, and might even be staying in a hotel or two on the way. Traveling can be stressful, especially up north where winter storms can lead to travel delays and dangerous driving conditions.


What’s more stressful than dealing with the ordeals of traveling during a winter storm event? Traveling during a winter storm event and getting bedbugs.


About 20 or so years ago there wasn’t much of a concern about bedbugs. Most people in pest control hadn’t even seen them before. Now they are fairly common in just about every city in the United States, even Tallahassee.


Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about bedbugs because of the internet. It is important to at least have some familiarity with these pests so that you can hopefully prevent these “uninvited guest” from visiting you during the holiday season.


Bedbugs are insects just like bees and butterflies. While bees and butterflies like to feed on nectar in flowers, bedbugs are interested in feeding on something entirely different, human blood. In this regard, they are more similar to other blood-sucking insects such as mosquitoes.


Fortunately, bedbugs can’t give us any diseases like mosquitoes can, such as Zika, Chikungunya, or Dengue. Another important difference between mosquitoes and bed bugs is that they can’t fly. Bedbugs lack wings and can only crawl around to get from one place to another. Being only able to cra