What is the first thing you do when you arrive at a hotel? If you’re like most people, you probably toss your bags down on the floor, flop onto the bed and relax for a few minutes. According to Jim Dill, Extension Educator at The University of Maine, this is the exact opposite of what you should do. Before enjoying your hotel room, Jim recommends that everyone check for an unexpected intruder by the name of cimex lectularius, otherwise known as “bed bugs.” Contrary to their name, a bed is the last place you’d want to find a bed bug. These nasty little insects wreak havoc on thousands of unsuspecting slumberers each year, but you don’t have to be one of them.
We don’t want to freak you out, but bed bugs actually feed on human blood in order to survive. As if that wasn’t bad enough already, they don’t even ask permission – how rude. Basically, they’re vampires. Actually, no. They’re worse than vampires. At least vampires have to be invited in first, whereas bed bugs just barge right in and start feeding on any human in sight.
I know this sounds bad, but I promise there’s good news. Bed bugs are surprisingly easy to detect, and Jim Dill is here to show us exactly how to avoid an encounter the next time we visit a hotel. If you’d like to learn more about bed bugs, check out the EPA’s helpful list of tips and tricks. Remember, your blood is your blood, so don’t let any bugs take it from you without a fight.
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