Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite
By: Holly Brantley
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO --Good Night. Sleep Tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite. It's a saying you've heard all your life. But are there really critters lurking in your sheets. There might be, because bed bugs are for real. And, exterminators say they've recently treated several Heartland homes.
Some people think they don't exist because they've never actually seen a bed bug. But, infestations were common before World War II. So why are they making a come back? And, what do you do if you think bed bugs are biting you?
Bed bed are small, but not microscopic. They are about a quarter of an inch long. Elizabeth Knote of Cape Kill says it's going to take an exterminator to get rid of them if they find their way into your home. She's treated a couple of homes in Cape Girardeau for the pests.
Knote says it can take as many as five treatments to get rid of them. "They have been in five star hotels", said Knote. "It doesn't matter how clean a place is. We've had reports that they are in hotels in St. Louis and Memphis and so they are on the door step in Cape."
Knote says because there aren't as many controls in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, the bed bugs are hitching a ride home in the luggage of service members and college students who travel over seas.
And, it turns out your parents were right, bed bugs do bite. "They inject an anesthesia in your body so you don't feel it," said Knote.
She recommends checking hotel bed linen for blood stains. It could be evidence of an infestation.
"It's important that people treat their luggage and their cars so that we can prevent them," said Knote.
Remember, these bed bugs can crawl into anyones home.
Antibiotic ointments should treat bites. But they can lead to some bacterial diseases. However, call your doctor if you are concerned.
Bed bugs much prefer human blood to that of animals. They can hide just about anywhere, on your window sill, your clock radio, even behind your couch and the crevices in the floor.