Expert: Bringing bedbugs home is easy

September 20, 2010 3:21:54 PM PDT
You've likely heard about bed bugs on the news. You probably know you can get them in a hotel room. But did you know how easy it is to bring them into your own home?

One exterminator who spoke with ABC11 said they used to see 5-10 calls a month, now they're getting 5-10 calls a day.

That not only can take a bite out of you, they'll take a bite out of your wallet too.

"A typical bed bug treatment is gonna cost you anywhere from a thousand to two thousand dollars," explained exterminator Donnie Shelton.

And it can take up to three months for professional pest control crews to get rid of them for good.

So, there's all the more reason to take some preventative steps.

If you're staying in a hotel room, take a flashlight, pull back the covers of the bed, and look along the headboard and mattress for the telltale black dots.

When returning from a trip out of town, store your luggage in a plastic bag in the attic where there's high heat. At the least, store it in your garage.

Take the clothes and immediately put them in the dryer on high heat for at least 20 minutes.

And, the experts say avoid buying used furniture off Craigslist, garage sales or thrift shops because you never know what may be lurking under the cushions.

Finally, if you are a frequent traveler, you might want to invest in a high quality mattress casing for your bed at home.

If all that still doesn't protect you and you get bed bugs in your home. Experts say call in a professional. They say getting rid of them is not a do it yourself kind of project because they're so resistant to most pesticides.

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