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Avoiding bed bugs in hotel rooms

The sight of bed bugs is enough to put a damper on your vacation but the bites can cause a variety of symptoms from secondary skin infections like impetigo and ecthyma to allergic reactions and in rare cases anaphylaxis which can impair breathing and require a trip to the ER.

With spring break coming up the experts at Consumer Reports share some tips to keep the bed bugs away during your next hotel stay. Some simple steps when you check in can help avoid hassles and expenses when you check out.

It might sound extreme, but to be safe, put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you enter the hotel room. Bed bugs prefer anything dark and creviced that they can hide in like bedding, seams of fabric, furniture, even inside walls so the bathroom is usually a the safe zone while you search the room for signs of critters.

Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust colored spots and exoskeletons - the casings the bugs leave behind. Dont forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.

Be sure to lift and check under the mattress, too. While this room was clear its important to take action if you do find anything suspicious. If you find any signs of bed bugs alert the manager immediately and ask for a new room in a different part of the hotel. Infestations can spread from wall to wall.

Even if your room is clear Consumer Reports says its a good idea to keep your luggage and clothes on off the floor on a hard surface or luggage rack, clear of any potential bed bug zones. Consumer Reports says when you get home throw all of your clothes into a hot dryer for 30 minutes. And store your empty luggage in your basement, garage or a hot attic.


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There are five stages of growth that nymphs go through. 1st stage nymphs are 1.5 millimeters in length. As soon as they come out of their eggs, they can start feeding immediately. Throughout these nymph stages the bed bugs are not mature, so they will not begin to breed until they are fully adults.

Once a bed bug has gone through its first molt, it will become a 2nd stage nymph, which is about 2 millimeters long.

After molting again, bed bugs become 3rd stage nymphs. At this point, they are around 2.5 millimeters long.

At this stage, bed bugs get to be 3 millimeters long.

This is the final nymph stage, and once it is reached, bed bugs can get up to 4.5 millimeters long.

It takes about five weeks for a nymph to become an adult. At this point, they are able to breed. The lifespan of a bed bug is generally about four to six months. However, it is not unheard of for the pests to live up to a year.

Thinking about a bed bug population booming is not necessarily the most fun thing in the world to think about. However, it is an important aspect to keep in mind because it is always better to curb the population before it gets out of hand. It may only take a few months before you have a full-on infestation on your hands.

Most people generally bring bed bugs into their home after staying at a hotel or another place that already had them. One or more pests may attach themselves to your clothes or luggage and get a ride back to your house without you even knowing it.

You may also start out with only a couple bugs. However, females are able to lay somewhere between one and five eggs a day. It takes about two weeks for the eggs to hatch, and as soon as they come out, the 1st stage nymphs will immediately begin to bite a host and feed on blood.

It takes five weeks for a 1st stage nymph to mature into an adult that is capable of breeding, so within two or three months, you could have a massive population on your hands. If no steps are taken to contain the infestation, then you could have tens of thousands of bed bugs around your home within 6 months. This is why early detection is so vital.

If you notice red bumps on your skin when you wake up, you should inspect your mattress thoroughly. Bed bugs are small but can still be noticed. They are generally reddish brown and have a flat appearance to them. Never wait to address the issue; acting swiftly is key to containing a bed bug population before it becomes a problem.

Adult bed bugs generally only need to feed once a week. Therefore, you may not necessarily wake up every morning with red bumps, but it really depends on the size of the population you are looking at. However, it is possible for the pests to go longer periods of time without eating. Although a myth persists that bed bugs can go up to a whole year with eating, this is very rare and generally does not happen. Depending on the climate, the bugs may be able to go a month or two without eating. That means that even if you leave your house for a week or more for vacation, the bed bugs will still be waiting for you when you get back.

When a bed bug bites your skin for a meal, it usually takes about five to 10 minutes for it to get a full dinner. Due to the fact that bed bugs are very small, you may not even feel the bite when it is happening. You may only realize something is amiss because you are waking up with red bumps on your skin. These bumps can be itchy, but for the most part, they do not pose any serious health threats unless you are allergic to bed bugs. The bites are a mild annoyance for most people, so they are easy to ignore. However, as soon as you notice the bumps, you need to perform a thorough inspection of your bed and furniture so that you can identify any bed bugs and address the issue. It may be a hassle to get rid of them, but you will save time and money by dealing with this issue when it is still small.

It can be a major headache to discover you have bed bugs in your home, but it is best to act quickly and contact the professionals to come out to your home to fumigate. Before you know it, you will be rid of the pests and can finally get a good nights sleep once again.


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Bed bugs have six life stages (five immature and one adult stage). They will shed their skins through a molting process (ecdysis) throughout multiple stages of their lives. The discarded outer shells look like clear, empty exoskeletons of the bugs themselves. Bed bugs must moltfive times before becoming fertile adults. Immature bed bugs must take a blood meal in oreder to molt to the next instar.

Bed bugs must take a blood meal before molting to the next stage.

An adult bed bug may have fed on you or your family as many as 6 times.

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USA Today Network Gordon Rago, York (Pa.) Daily Record 3:40 p.m. ET Feb. 25, 2017

West Manheim Township Police say a 96-year-old woman died as a result of "complications of sepsis following a bed bug infestation" at this home on Baltimore Pike, seen on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.(Photo: Lindsey Welling/ The Evening Sun)

A Pennsylvania woman died last year from bedbug bite complications. The insects had invaded the care facility where she was housed.

Now, the woman's 72-year-old caretaker Deborah Butler faces felony chargesincluding involuntary manslaughter and neglect of care.

Last February, West Manheim Township Police entered the southern Pennsylvania homeandnoticed the bed bugs. They crawled on walls and along ledges. Theyscurried on the bed sheets andpillow where an elderly woman slept in a first-floor room. She told officers she was blind, but could "feel them crawling." Sometimes, she added, they bit her, too.

Paramedics, police said, would later check on that woman, but did not notice any visible injuries. Police said another woman, 96-year-old Mary Stoner,was staying at the home. Two weeks after the visit, Stoner was dead.

An autopsy determined her cause of death was from "complications of sepsis followed by bed bug infestation," according to charging documents.

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Stoner's familymoved her out of Butler's home on Feb. 3, 2016,after noticing her health worsen. During previous visits, Stoner's familytold police she was in good health. On Feb. 6, Stoner was brought to the emergency room, where doctors found sores on her skin. Staffmembers wereunder the opinion the woman'sinfection was a result of bed bug bites.

Stoner was discharged from the hospital about a week later, only to be readmitted again. Doctors said she had pneumonia.

She died aweek later.

The women, police said, stayed with Butler at herhome. Butler provided food, shelter, clothing as well as personal and health care. Both women paid for the care services, documents state.

The site of the former Luckenbaugh Personal Care Home in the 2000 block of Baltimore Pike, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.(Photo: Lindsey Welling/ The Evening Sun)

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In talking with police prior to Stoner's death, Butler told them she had been trying to get rid of the bed bugs since September 2015 and had used store-bought supplies. She said she could not afford an exterminator and blamed Stoner for bringing in the bugs, documents state.

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Butler,who was charged last week, had taken Stoner to her family doctor in January because Stoner had been scratching her neck and been sick. Butler did not mention bed bugs during the doctor's appointment, police said, and Stoner didn't mention them either.

In the coming weeks, Butler said she noticed no change in Stoner's condition. But police said "evidence later indicated that the victim's condition would have been clearly visible and obvious that serious medical attention was required."

Stoner received no further medical treatment until her family took her to York Hospital. In the week after Stoner's death, police said they searched Butler's home and found bed bugs in various stages of their life cycle.

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2/28/2017

Northern Plaza resident Irving Ortiz shows a pile of bed bugs from the laundry room at the housing complex. Ortiz is pleading for help addressing continued problems with bugs and mice in the building. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

PAWTUCKET Keeping bugs and rodents out of Apartment 510 at the Northern Plaza is about as futile as bailing water from a sinking boat, says resident Irving Ortiz.

The single father of three children says hes been frustrated in his ongoing efforts to get the facilities management to do something about the never-ending parade of mice and bed bugs that invade his familys living space.

Ortizs kids all said theyve been bitten repeatedly by bed bugs and they often chase and kill mice.

Its disgusting, Ortiz told The Valley Breeze. Its not right.

Ortiz recounts recently using his sandal to bat a mouse down his fifth-floor hallway. No one in a modern American housing facility, including this Section 8 housing complex, should have to live in these conditions, he says.

A tour of Ortizs apartment and building revealed many dead bed bugs and extensive evidence of mice. Another resident and a city employee both confirmed the problems.

Ortiz produced pictures from the buildings laundry room showing piles of dead bed bugs. He said the bugs get into laundry and are then left behind when the load is finished.

City officials this week said they have a reactionary role when it comes to inspecting the Northern Plaza at 301 Main St. When someone calls with a complaint, building officials go to inspect their particular apartment to look for evidence, said Lauren Greene, communications and constituent affairs officer for Mayor Donald Grebien.

Greene said that Pawtucket code inspectors responded to complaints of mice and cockroaches at the Northern Plaza as recently as Nov. 1 of last year. But, inspectors found no evidence to back up the complaint.

The city also responded to mice complaints in November of 2015. At that time, inspectors did find rodent evidence and issued a second notice after a return visit found problems persisting, said Greene. The next visit after the second notice found that the problems had been addressed, she said.

Ortiz and another resident, who declined to give his name, said that spraying for bugs was once a common practice in the Northern Plaza, but both said they were told by a building manager that it no longer happens because its too expensive.

The owner of the building is listed as Northern Plaza Associates, care of Rhode Island Housing. Building management could not be reached.

A representative from Rhode Island Housing said after being informed of the issue this week that action would be taken. Dotty Valentini said no one from Northern Plaza has called her office about bugs or mice. She said the building manager is responsible to do so if residents complain. Routine examinations are regularly done and several exterminations are carried out if a problem is discovered, she said.

We check for everything, she said.

Emily Martineau, spokeswoman for Rhode Island Housing, said that the agency has an oversight role at the Northern Plaza as a lender and distributor of vouchers through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but does not own the property.

Martineau said inspections have been done at the facility, including several last year, and no evidence of mice or bed bugs was found. The same was true during routine on-site monitoring in December, she said.

The Northern Plaza, an affordable housing high-rise, has about 100 apartments. Ortiz said his total rent is $1,300, but because hes disabled with a bad back, he pays $362 a month.

Despite making numerous calls to management over the past few months, he said the problems have persisted.

Ortiz, who is looking for another home that works for his family, said he does his best to maintain an immaculate apartment and stay on top of the mice and bug problems. He says he worries about diseases caused by bugs and rodents.

Im a clean freak, he said.

Ortiz showed the The Breeze at least 20 holes created by mice to get in through the walls. He said a woman in another apartment mentioned having mice but told him, they dont really bother me.

How dirty is that? he said.

Any residents who see an issue with rodents or bugs at the Northern Plaza Apartments is invited to call Pawtucket building inspectors at 401-728-0500 ext. 249.

One of the mice Ortiz killed in his hallway.

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Deborah Butler was charged with neglect of care, a first-degree felony, as well as involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor. Staff

West Manheim Township Police say a 96-year-old woman died as a result of "complications of sepsis following a bed bug infestation" at this home on Baltimore Pike, seen on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.(Photo: Lindsey Welling/ The Evening Sun)Buy Photo

Last February, West Manheim Township Police entered a home on Baltimore Pike and one of the first things they noticed were the bed bugs.

The pests were seen on walls and along ledges. They scurried on the bed sheets andpillow where an elderly woman slept in a first floor room. That woman, police said, told officers she was blind, but could "feel them crawling."

Sometimes, she said, the bugs bit her, too.

EMS would later check on that woman, but did not notice any visible injuries, police said.

But, according to police, there was a second woman who was living at the home, too. Both had been staying there under the care of the home's owner, Deborah Butler, who had previously run a licensed home care facility, Luckenbaugh Personal Care Home.

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Butler, 72, closed that business a few years ago, and the women had stayed with her at her own home, police said. Butler provided food, shelter, clothing as well as personal and health care. Both women paid for the care services, documents state.

Two weeks after police visited Butler's house for the first time, that second woman, Mary Stoner, 96, died at York Hospital. An autopsy determined that her cause of death was from "complications of sepsis following a bed bug infestation," according to charging documents.

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Felony charges were filed against Butler earlier this week. She faces neglect of care, a first-degree felony, as well as involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor.

According to police, Stoner was brought to the emergency room at York Hospital on Feb. 6, 2016. She had sores on her skin and staff there was under the opinion that Stoner's infection was a result of bed bug bites, police said.

Stoner's family moved her out of Butler's home on Feb. 3 after noticing her health worsen. During previous visits, family told police Stoner was in good health.

Stoner was discharged from the hospital about a week later, only to be readmitted again. Doctors said she had pneumonia.

A week later she died.

In talking with police prior to Stoner's death, Butler told them she had been trying to get rid of the bed bugs since September 2015 and had used store-bought supplies. She said she could not afford an exterminator and blamed Stoner for bringing in the bugs, documents state.

Butler had taken Stoner to her family doctor in January because Stoner had been scratching her neck and been sick. Butler did not mention bed bugs during the doctor's appointment, police said, and Stoner didn't mention them either.

In the coming weeks, Butler said she noticed no change in Stoner's condition. But police said "evidence later indicated that the victim's condition would have been clearly visible and obvious that serious medical attention was required."

Stoner received no further medical treatment until her family took her to York Hospital in February.

In the week after Stoner's death, police executed a search warrant of Butler's home. York County Forensic Team collected evidence and photographed the home, documents state.

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Bed bugs were seen in various stages of their life cycle, police wrote in charging documents.

Butler appeared for a preliminary arraignment on Thursday before District Judge James S. Miner. Unsecured bail was set at $50,000, meaning she was free to go. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled March 9.

Attempts to reach Butler were unsuccessful Friday night.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services annual reports on personal care homes show no violations at Luckenbaugh Personal Care Home between 2008-2011, the only years for which reports that list individual homes' violations are online.

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Post date: February 28th, 2017

Youll find various bed bug pictures in the photo gallery below and you can add your own photos to our bed bug photos as well. The gallery contains pictures of real bed bug infestations, real bed bugs, and real bed bug bites shared with us by visitors to the site.

Read more about bed bug detection, treatment and prevention. Check out our blog for the latest bed bug articles and updates.

Here youll find our collection of bed bug photos, both from various creative commons locations on the web, and from readers of our site!


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The sight of bed bugs is enough to put a damper on your vacation, but the bites can cause a variety of symptoms from secondary skin infections like impetigo and ecthyma to allergic reactions and in rare cases anaphylaxis which can impair breathing and require a trip to the ER.

With spring break coming up the experts at Consumer Reports share some tips to keep the bed bugs away during your next hotel stay. Some simple steps when you check in can help avoid hassles and expenses when you check out.

It might sound extreme, but to be safe, put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you enter the hotel room. Bed bugs prefer anything dark and creviced that they can hide in like bedding, seams of fabric, furniture, even inside walls so the bathroom is usually a the safe zone while you search the room for signs of critters.

Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust colored spots and exoskeletons - the casings the bugs leave behind. Dont forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.

Be sure to lift and check under the mattress, too. While this room was clear, its important to take action if you do find anything suspicious. If you find any signs of bed bugs alert the manager immediately and ask for a new room in a different part of the hotel. Infestations can spread from wall to wall.

Even if your room is clear Consumer Reports says its a good idea to keep your luggage and clothes on off the floor on a hard surface or luggage rack, clear of any potential bed bug zones. Consumer Reports says when you get home throw all of your clothes into a hot dryer for 30 minutes. And store your empty luggage in your basement, garage or a hot attic.


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Gordon Rago, York (Pa.) Daily Record , KHOU 1:51 PM. CST February 26, 2017

West Manheim Township Police say a 96-year-old woman died as a result of "complications of sepsis following a bed bug infestation" at this home on Baltimore Pike, seen on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo: Lindsey Welling/ The Evening Sun)

A Pennsylvania woman died last year from bedbug bite complications. The insects had invaded the care facility where she was housed.

Now, the woman's 72-year-old caretaker Deborah Butler faces felony charges including involuntary manslaughter and neglect of care.

Last February, West Manheim Township Police entered the southern Pennsylvania home and noticed the bed bugs. They crawled on walls and along ledges. They scurried on the bed sheets and pillow where an elderly woman slept in a first-floor room. She told officers she was blind, but could "feel them crawling." Sometimes, she added, they bit her, too.

Paramedics, police said, would later check on that woman, but did not notice any visible injuries. Police said another woman, 96-year-old Mary Stoner, was staying at the home. Two weeks after the visit, Stoner was dead.

An autopsy determined her cause of death was from "complications of sepsis followed by bed bug infestation," according to charging documents.

Stoner's family moved her out of Butler's home on Feb. 3, 2016, after noticing her health worsen. During previous visits, Stoner's family told police she was in good health. On Feb. 6, Stoner was brought to the emergency room, where doctors found sores on her skin. Staff members were under the opinion the woman's infection was a result of bed bug bites.

Stoner was discharged from the hospital about a week later, only to be readmitted again. Doctors said she had pneumonia.

She died a week later.

The women, police said, stayed with Butler at her home. Butler provided food, shelter, clothing as well as personal and health care. Both women paid for the care services, documents state.

In talking with police prior to Stoner's death, Butler told them she had been trying to get rid of the bed bugs since September 2015 and had used store-bought supplies. She said she could not afford an exterminator and blamed Stoner for bringing in the bugs, documents state.

Butler, who was charged last week, had taken Stoner to her family doctor in January because Stoner had been scratching her neck and been sick. Butler did not mention bed bugs during the doctor's appointment, police said, and Stoner didn't mention them either.

In the coming weeks, Butler said she noticed no change in Stoner's condition. But police said "evidence later indicated that the victim's condition would have been clearly visible and obvious that serious medical attention was required."

Stoner received no further medical treatment until her family took her to York Hospital. In the week after Stoner's death, police said they searched Butler's home and found bed bugs in various stages of their life cycle.

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