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More Bed Bugs Nibbling in Raleigh

Posted February 4, 2008

— Raleigh exterminators say they are getting more calls about bed bugs.

Tougher regulations on insecticides and increased overseas travel are being blamed for the growing infestation.

Bed bugs are hard to kill. They can survive temperatures from over 110 degrees Fahrenheit to below freezing. They feed only on blood, but can go a year without eating.

Bed bugs can be found in some of the cleanest bedrooms.

To prevent bed bugs: keep your luggage off the hotel room floor when traveling and examine sheets for red or brown spots left by bugs.


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  • 2beornot2be Feb 6, 2008

    I think all hotels should be required to enclose the mattress and box springs. This should definitely protect the customers.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 5, 2008

    I guess I will certainly do more checking when I am out of town for sure. But, the people evidently are not washing the bed lines in a proper fashion. Do they need to turn up the heat on the water and do a better job in cleaning?

    I have been to a few motels and I usually check the sheets. If I see that the maid has not changed them I will call the front office and usually they will change them in my presence. Most good motels appreciate this.

  • Fillet and Release Feb 5, 2008

    I'm starting to itch all over. Yuck!

  • iamforjustice Feb 5, 2008

    If bed bugs are suspected then the hotels should buy new mattresses. Simple as that. Now if you have to spray insectiside on the mattress to kill them then that would do harm to the patron. Can't even have fun in motels anymore. Dang...what do I do now in motels...can't play on the beds anymore. Times really have changed.

  • Malcontent Feb 5, 2008

    You guys are right. EWWWW!

  • abbync2001 Feb 5, 2008

    Before you bring your luggage into a hotel room, remove the headboard from the wall and look between the matress and boxspring. If you see red or brown spots let the hotel manager know and get another room. Not all the rooms are necessarily infested just because one is.

  • angora2 Feb 5, 2008

    You can actually get information online about which hotels have bedbugs. I think it's on CDC's site.

  • Central_Law Feb 5, 2008

    Seriously, this should not be hidden knowledge. The health department should regularly inspect hotels for infestations and that information should be publicly available.

    Bring back DDT for this limited use.

  • bigred841 Feb 5, 2008

    ewwww..how gross...

  • cuteboyd Feb 5, 2008

    I agree rmgirl. I just love her restaurant reports.