Bed Bug Silence: A Growing Problem


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Let’s have a frank conversation about bed bugs. It’s okay, don’t be embarrassed. We are here to help. The more you know about these little pests, the better you will feel talking about them so you can finally take some action for yourself or for someone you know. There is too much embarrassment about having bed bugs, and it is causing a painful silence for many - especially ones who live in retirement homes.

Bed Bugs in Retirement Homes and Care Facilities

Yes, you read that correctly. Bed bugs are an increasing problem in retirement homes and care facilities. Infestations are becoming rampant, and it has nothing to do with the cleanliness of these facilities. Large bed bug infestations grow out of a deafening silence about bed bug problems. It’s understandable. Why wouldn’t you be embarrassed? For too long, myths about bed bugs and portrayal about them in the media have lead to misunderstandings about bed bugs. Frankly, people assume bed bugs equate to dirty homes. They don’t!

Facts About Bed Bugs

Let’s get one thing straight: bed bugs do not come from dirty homes. Bed bugs can come from anywhere and infest any living space, regardless of cleanliness. A few more facts about bed bugs can help you better understand these pesky critters.

  • Bed bugs are excellent travelers. They can sneak into laundry bags, luggage, sports bags, and purses.

  • Bed bugs can be picked up at a friend’s house, at the airport, in a hotel room, or on used furniture brought into your home.

  • Bed bugs can live anywhere in a home, including the walls, furnishings, wallpaper, and couches.

  • Bed bugs are most active at night.

  • Bed bugs can survive up to five months without feeding.

  • Bed bugs don’t just live in the cities. They are found in apartments, hotels, immaculate homes, and even office buildings.

Let’s Talk About the Signs

Here is a little guide to the signs of bed bugs in your home.

  • Fecal spots or blood stains on your sheets or clothes when you wake up in the morning.

  • A line of small bumps on your skin. The bumps are usually flat, raised bumps that itch.

  • Shell casings left around your bed or where bed bugs hide.

What to Do About Bed Bugs

There is no need to be embarrassed about bed bugs. The more you know, the faster you can begin combating them. At the first sign of bed bugs, give American Pest a call so you can sleep better and feel safer. Don’t let bed bugs take over your life.
Our bed bug solution identifies where bed bugs are hiding and controls them at the source. Professional bed bug services from American Pest include conventional pest treatments, mattress and box spring encasement, heat treatments, and K9 bug detection.

Bed bugs will never go away on their own. So don’t wait and suffer. Call now to get the American Pest at the first signs.


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