In what’s got to be one of the stranger new stories of the new year 2020, employees at a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania discovered 2 pill bottles containing bed bugs hidden in the store. One of the bottles filled with bed bugs was found in a changing room, along with bedbugs crawling around the area, and the other was seen near some belts in the clothing section.
Upon investigation the police indicated they had no leads in the case, hoping “it was not a prank by some of the employees”, but offered not much more than that. Considering that 2019 was a year that saw people going into Walmarts and other grocery stores and either licking ice cream or rinsing with Listerine before putting it back on the shelf, it would be awfully shortsighted to rule out public indecency.
Why a Prank with Bed Bugs Gone Wrong Could Ruin Your Day
We were all young once. Some of us probably delighted in the latest pranks or shenanigans we could dream up or those we heard about from our mischievous cohorts in elementary or middle school, but when you’re playing with bed bugs, you are playing with fire.
In fact, the cost of bed bugs for businesses as well as average consumers can range into the hundreds of millions of dollars a year. One example is a recent story where actress Connie Marie Flores went on a cruise with her husband from Los Angeles and claimed to have been devoured by bedbugs during their stay. They opened a lawsuit claiming damages in the amount of $75,000 for stress, anxiety and ruining their trip- and this is only one example of legal action taken against a business for bed bugs. They happen all the time.
Shock Poll: Just How Popular Are Bedbugs in Your City?
In a recent poll the #1 city in the US with bed bugs was the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C., so at least we know it’s a city that offers inclusion to all forms of parasites, be it political or of the insect world.
Baltimore came in at #2 with Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus Ohio also making the top 5. Chances are good that your city has bed bugs if it has a large population or lots of public transportation, providing more opportunities for bed bugs to hitchhike home on unaware people.
Bed bugs are often found in hotels, motels, and even on city buses, subways, and movie theaters.
How Can You Tell if You Have Bed Bugs?
A bed bug’s bite is usually found in clusters or groups of bites. They may cause a large red area around the bites and are usually found on skin areas exposed while sleeping. In extreme cases bed bug bites can cause scarring and while usually harmless otherwise, can also in rare instances carry the chagas disease.
The best thing to do is to check any mattress or bed frame that you’ll be sleeping on regularly, inspecting the seams and creases in the mattress and looking out for red, black, and brown splotches which could indicate the remains of dead bed bugs.
Bed Bug Prevention and Treatment
If you have bed bugs, that’s a whole ‘nother article regarding how to get rid of them, but just know that bed bug treatments can be natural, safe, effective, and very importantly- affordable. Visit Defensive-End.com to learn more about the best ways to eliminate bedbugs and to keep your nights restful and bite-free.