GRAND SALINE, TX | July 1, 2019 | by Mye Owens
You know the saying, “Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Well, it’s not just a nursery rhyme. Experts say bed bugs are common during this time of year and can ruin a good nights sleep.
If you’re planning a family getaway for the summer, it’s important to be aware of unwanted guests that may be waiting for you when resting away from home. Just ask Tiffany Thompson.
“The first night he had bites just up here, and I thought it was just mosquito bites,” explains Thompson, as she points out red marks on her son.
Thompson and her 1 year old son Aiden were spending the night at a hotel in Grand Saline, when the unthinkable happened.
“Just the second night, he woke up. Covered, his face, his arms,” continues Thompson.
Trying to find the cause of these bites, she pulled back the sheets, and couldn’t believe what she saw.
“I didn’t know at first, but I checked the bed, I checked around it. There were bed bugs everywhere. I didn’t even think that there would be bed bugs like that.” describes Thompson.
When she took her son to the hospital, she says doctors couldn’t count the number of bites on his body.
Bed Bug bites are more common then not.
Research shows 1 out of 5 Americans have either been bitten by a bed bug, or knows someone who has.
Experts say a good way to check if bed bugs are in your home is to flip over the covers, and check in between the mattress seams, because that’s where the insects love to hide.
“Usually it’s red, itchy, and kind of almost either in a linear pattern where they’re crawling up your skin, or a zigzag pattern where they’re going back and forth,” explains Dr. Matt Young, who often treat bed bug bites.
Doctors say the best way to treat a bite is to not scratch, and be aware if you start having more symptoms.
“If you’re having an allergic reaction, they start getting welts, and start getting itchy and then you may have shortness of breath that’s a 911 emergency,” says Dr. Young.
Because a trip to the hospital like Aiden had, could be just one bite away.
How to prevent Bed Bugs:
*Below are tips provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
- Check all second hand furniture for any signs of insects before bringing it home
- Use a protective cover over your mattress and box springs
- Reducing clutter in your home, reduces the number of places the bugs can hide
- Vacuum on a regular basis
- Be vigilant if you are sharing laundry facilities