Article originally sourced from Valley News Live
"FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The bed bug problem is continuing to grow in Fargo. And when you're traveling during the holidays, that's the easiest time for them to find you. But there are things you can do to make sure you steer clear of them.
“I think it's growing everywhere, it's consistent and we haven't seen a dip in it," says Midwest Pest Control Universal Tech., Loren Rader.
Loren Rader has been in the pest control business for about 11 years. He says, he has seen it all and has had to exterminate it all. But he says, bed bugs are growing at an exponential rate. With many of you traveling for the holidays, this is a perfect season to pick some up.
Rader says, hotel rooms and apartments are where they really spread.
"They're hitchhikers. One person might have it, go over and visit, you pick them up and bring them back home. It's just a cycle over and over again," says Rader.
A Fargo resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she had quite the experience with bed bugs. She says, she used to live in downtown Fargo. But after her apartment was invaded by bed bugs, she ended up having to move and get rid of all her furniture.
"It's torture, you kind of get paranoid that they're everywhere you go. Now I don't stay at motels, I'm very cautious about where I go. I've been hearing that they're pretty bad in downtown (Fargo) buildings," says an anonymous Fargo Resident.
So what can you do when you're in a hotel or apartment and wondering if there are bed bugs? Rader says, look for them on the bed skirt or the headboard, and keep your suitcases off the floor.
If you find a series of blue or other dark color dots on wood or furniture, that's a warning sign. There's a test you can do to confirm if what you're seeing are traces of bed bugs.
"Lick your finger, I know it sounds disgusting, and run it down the wood. If it smears, it's more than likely a bed bug," says Rader.
Now we tried contacting several different apartment complexes in downtown Fargo. They say, if someone reports seeing a bed bug, they call pest control immediately. But they also admit, the tenants are responsible for not bringing in used furniture or other items that could be carrying bed bugs.
If you see any signs of bed bugs, it's urged to contact a pest control business immediately. Rader says to always contact them and to never try to get rid of them on your own. He says, bed bug bombs are often used to eradicate the bugs, but that makes them spread out even more."