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Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on human blood. They are becoming increasingly common in the United States, and nursing homes and assisted living facilities are not immune to infestations. A 2019 study found that bed bugs were present in 22% of nursing homes surveyed.
Why Are Bed Bugs Common in Nursing Homes?
There are a few reasons why it's common to find bed bugs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. First, nursing homes have a lot of people coming and going, which can introduce bed bugs. Second, nursing home residents may be more susceptible to infestations because the tenants are less mobile and typically live in close proximity to each other, making it easy for bed bug populations to grow quickly.
What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?
Common signs that may indicate a bed bug infestation in a nursing home include:
- Seeing live bed bugs or their shed skins
- Finding bloodstains on bedding or furniture
- Experiencing bed bug bites, which are often in a line or cluster and itchy
- Check out this video on "How to Perform and Bed Bug Inspection."
What Should You Do If You Think You Have a Bed Bug Infestation?
If you think you have an infestation in your nursing home, it is important to act quickly. Here are the steps you should take:
- Contact a pest control professional for a bed bug inspection to determine your infested areas.
- Isolate the infested areas. Don't move items from an infested room to a non-infested room.
- Treat the infested room. Heat treatments are the fastest and most effective, but even if you choose chemicals, the sooner you start - the better.
- After the treatment, wash all bedding and clothing in hot water and dry on high heat.
- Vacuum the infested area and dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed container.
- Follow up with a post-inspection and look for signs while cleaning over the next three months.
- Here is a Free Bed Bug Guide