The 411 on Bed Bugs and Hotels
Merrick, NY (PRWEB) December 17, 2013
Local Long Island bed bug experts, GotchA! Bed Bug Inspectors, seek to inform travelers about the role hotels play in the spread of bed bugs. This independently-owned and operated business specializes in the detection and elimination of bed bugs. Offering professional, comprehensive services, GotchA! Bed Bug Inspectors covers Long Island and New York’s five boroughs. Under the leadership of owner, Michael Colongione, GotchA! Bed Bug Inspectors has a combined 20 years of industry experience and has been notably recognized for their expertise in various articles, as well as a featured interview with a local news station. Michael Colongione, owner of GotchA! Bed Bugs is dedicated to educating the public about bed bugs because he believes education is the key to detecting and eliminating them.
Scientifically known as Cimex lectularius (Cimicidae), bed bugs are tiny, “hematophagous” or blood-sucking, insects that feed off of humans and animals, alike. With the ability to breed quickly, bed bug situations can easily become infestation. Even more disturbing, is that bed bug saliva contains a numbing substance that not only causes itching at the site of a bite, but can cause moderate to severe allergic reactions in individuals with prolonged exposure to these bites.
According to a 2013 survey, by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the rate of bed bug infestations has remained steady within the United States, if it has not slightly increased, from 2011. This study also indicates that 75% of bed bug respondents have treated at least one case of an infestation at a hotel or motel, within the last year. This alarming statistic, therefore, requires a great deal of attention, as travelers are prone to spreading bed bugs and bringing them back into their own homes. Hotels are leading culprits in infestations due to a combination of the elevated flow of traffic, poor sanitation on part of individual guests, poorly cleaned hotel rooms, and the lack of education.
Knowing what to look for while staying at a hotel is essential to preventing the spread and infestation of bed bugs. While bed bugs are not microscopic, they are hard to detect. GotchA! Bed Bug Inspectors state the most common things to look for are signs of shed skin or shells, as well as tiny eggs. Another sign is tiny dots or streaks that are brown or red, in color, which may indicate that Bed bugs are present.
The experts stress the importance of inspecting mattresses, mattress pads, linens, upholstered furniture and other fabrics because bed bugs reside within fabric materials, as they provide warmth and protection. The specialists also urge guests not to store clothing in hotel drawers, but if they must, to at least carefully inspect all crevices of the furniture for signs of bed bugs. Although drawers do not offer the most ideal environment for bed bugs, if the insects were recently brought into the room or drawer, by another guest, transfer and spread is inevitable.
In the event of a positive detection or infestation of bed bugs, it is important to contact a specialist, immediately. Long Island and New York City residents, hotels, and businesses can rely on GotchA! Bed Bug Inspectors to solve all bed bug related problems. Their 24-hour emergency service and skilled professionals can take on and eliminate infestations of all degrees and properties of all sizes. For more information on bed bugs and GotchA! Bed Bug Inspectors, visit their website at http://www.gotchabedbuginspectors.com/contact.php.