How Do We Keep Elderly Folks Safe From Bed Bugs?

As the summertime travel season draws to a close, many people are returning home from their vacation travels with an unwanted souvenir.  Bed bugs continue to find their way into American homes from coast to coast.  Although some cities have seen a decline in their bed bug reports (New York City), others continue to be plagued by the bloodsuckers, with no signs of relief.

NYC pest control experts, and those from around the United States, do not know the exact cause as to why bed bugs continue to thrive in the US.  They suspect that the lack of knowledge about the little vampires, their increased resistance to the pesticides, as well as the ease of international and domestic travel is all contributing factors in the bugs’ ability to continue to multiply.

Researchers at the University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology have found that nursing home patients are particularly susceptible to bed bug infestations.  According to McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living on August 10, 2012, reports from the University of Kentucky show that “nursing homes account for about 18% of all bed bug infestations.”

Nursing homes are hotspots for bed bug activity for several different reasons.  Bed bugs are attracted to heat and the CO2 that humans exhale.  A person lying in a bed for any period of time, especially a long period of time such as residents in a nursing home would be, would attract hoards of bed bugs to the bed side.  Because people live in close proximity with shared walls, any infestation in a nursing home will quickly spread from room to room.

Nursing home facility workers must check often for the signs of bed bugs as adult and nymphs are easy to see.  At the first sign of the bloodsucking pests, they must immediately call a pest control professional for fast bed bug eradication services.