Fighting pesky hitchhikers

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new survey once again lists Dayton among the worst cities in the United States for bed bugs. It is the annual survey put out by Terminix.

“The more people calling a pest control company, the more success they’re likely to have in dealing with an infestation,” said Tom Hut, with Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery County.

He says the problem is not going away, and that their call volume has remained static for the past few years. Hut says bed bugs are wide-spread in our community in both residential and commercial properties.

If you find a bed bug on you, Hut recommends heat-treating your clothing in the dryer on the highest heat setting for 30 minutes to kill any bed bugs you might have brought home. “They’re great hitchhikers; that’s how they get from place to place,” he said.

Hut says you can also heat treat your home.

He says hotels are a place where you can pick up a bed bug. He says before you bring your luggage into your room, inspect the bedding. He says to turn back the sheets and look for the insect, or fecal blood stains on the sheet that could be a sign of possible trouble.

Hut says bed bugs are certainly a nuisance, but have not been shown to transmit human illness. However, he says they do leave an itchy, red bump when they feed on us at night – a reaction to their saliva. He says they will resolve in a number of days.

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