Arizona is Crawling with Bed Bugs! These 2 Cities Are Among the Most Infested
Beware These Tiny Hitchhikers
Traveling in the modern age is challenging enough, but now there's something else to worry about. The chance you could be bringing home unwanted passengers in your clothes and luggage.
If you've stayed at a hotel or AirBnB recently, you may have invited some unwanted guests back to your home.
Bed bugs. These small, reddish-brown, wingless bloodsuckers can hitch a ride on your clothing and luggage, and you could unwittingly bring them back to your home.
Bedbugs will take up residence in the cracks and crevices of your bed, sheets, and pillows. These nasty little pests even make themselves comfortable in your mattress and box spring.
Sleep Tight. Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite
Bedbugs prefer a human host. They become active at night and may leave a small red welt.
According to the Mayo Clinic, "bedbug bites usually clear up without treatment in a week or two. Bedbugs aren’t known to spread disease, but they can cause an allergic reaction or a severe skin reaction in some people."
Bedbug bites generally clear up on their own in about a week or two.
Bedbugs on the Rise in Arizona
Recently, Arizona has seen a rise in bedbugs and bedbug infestations. Several factors contribute to the increase:
- More frequent travel
- Changes in pest control practices
- Insecticide resistance
Two cities in Arizona reported disturbing levels of bedbug infestation. Scottsdale and Sun City in Maricopa County discovered a pervasive level of insects.
The bedbugs had inundated the areas under the bed and in the carpet. Clumps of bedbugs even made their way up the walls of the bedroom.
How to Get Rid of Bedbugs in Your Home
Healthline has some advice for getting rid of bedbugs.
- Contain the infestation so it doesn't spread.
- Prep for treatment. Clean and declutter the infested area. Use hot water to wash all bedding, clothes, and pillows for at least 30 minutes. Dry on the highest setting for 30 minutes. Steam the mattresses, couches and anywhere else bedbugs could be hiding.
- Kill the Bedbugs. Pesticides, heat, or cold treatment can kill the bedbugs. A solution of lavender oil or rubbing alcohol can also kill bedbugs. Be sure to use caution if you go this route and read all directions first. Natural bedbug solutions can be found online.
- Followup. Be sure to monitor the area to ensure you've eradicated all bedbugs for the area. If you can't get rid of them on your own, it may be time to call an exterminator.
For more information on the bedbug infestation in Arizona, check out this YouTube post from 12News in Phoenix.
LOOK: 20 of the biggest insects in the world
Gallery Credit: Andrea Vale
WATCH OUT: These are the deadliest animals in the world
LOOK: Here are 25 ways you could start saving money today
Gallery Credit: Bethany Adams