June 7-13 is bed bug awareness week (BBAW). Why make a special week for bed bug awareness? Because this is a very special bug. It doesn't chew through your exterior walls. It doesn't crawl in under your doors. This is a bug that hitches a ride on humans. And the easiest humans to hitch a ride on are humans that are unaware. Thus, the Professional Pest Management Alliance is spearheading a campaign to inform the public. Here is a list of bed bug facts they would like you to know. Feel free to tweet them on social media. Use the hashtag #BBAW so we can all coordinate our efforts.
Do you know how to inspect for bed bugs? Check the creases, corners and stitching on mattresses and upholstered furniture, for black feces.
Looking for bed bugs? Examine pillowcases and sheets for dried brown blood stains.
Bed bugs are rust colored and can be the size of a pencil tip.
Here's a gross fact, bed bugs can feed on you while you're fully awake. Yup. You can't make this stuff up.
Here's another gross bed bug fact: they can live in trains, airplanes, buses, taxi cabs and even movie theaters.
Bed bug eggs don't need a mommy to hatch. If bed bugs leave eggs in your luggage, bedding or clothes, you could bring an infestation home.
Think you're safe from bed bugs in a 5-star luxury hotel? Think again. These bugs can be found anywhere people sleep or sit.
Think you're safe from bed bugs because your home is clean? Think again. These bugs can live in the cleanest homes.
Bed bugs can come home with your kids from camp, from a sleepover, and from college. Check routinely to stop these bugs.
Bed bug bites appear in a row or cluster because these bugs feed on you multiple times while you sleep.
Bed bugs can hide in bedding, bags, clothes, boxes and even electronics.
Do you have bed bugs? It can be hard to tell at first. Contract a professional bed bug inspector for help.
There you go. Take part in Bed Bug Awareness Week by sending these bite-sized bed bug facts out for your friends and family to digest. Use the hashtag #BBAW so we can share our knowledge with each other. If we work together, we can increase public awareness of these disturbing bugs. All it takes is a couple clicks. Join the fight!