Sleep Tight… Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

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Sleep Tight… Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

UCOP October 2010 Safety Meeting

Developed by Karen


, UCOP EH&S Student Intern


Their Latest Victims…

New York City’s Niketown Store was temporarily shut down due to an invasion of bed bugs!One of our own UC Risk Managers suffered several bites!

Possibly caused by increase in international travels!


Reported Bed Bug Infestations across Hotels in the U.S.


Tricky Little Buggers…

Have excellent abilities to squeeze into cracks and crevices and will often go unnoticed by the “casual observer.”Shun light, and if disturbed will move to quieter, more remote areas

Where you like to rest… they like to rest too!

What makes them hard to detect?

Check bed crevices when you get to the hotel!


What do they look like?

Oval, flattened, brown, and winglessApprox.1/4 to 3/8 inch long (5-9mm)Looks similar to a wood tickYoung bed bugs are even smaller (1/16 inch or 1.6 mm) when they first hatch and they are colorlessThey leave cast skins as they grow and fecal spots after a blood meal.


Inspect all personal items…

Use luggage racks provided instead of putting luggage on bedsInspect beds sheets for visible pepper-looking spots

Carefully inspect your items paying attention to cracks, crevices, seams, and folds. May travel on clothing/luggage but not directly on people.

Upon entering the hotel room…

Coming home from travels…


Steps to take after possible infestation…

Contain all items suspected of carrying bed bugs in plastic bags until items can be laundered, washed by hand, heated, or frozenWhen washing set on highest heat that clothing can withstandSuitcase and items that cannot be placed into washing machine can be hand-washed with soap and the hottest water possible (100oF to120oF)Items that cannot be washed can be heated or frozen. 120oF minimum target temperature for heat treatment23oF minimum temperature maintained for 5 days for frozen treatment


Symptoms and Signs of Bed Bug Bites…

Redness, swelling, or itchingSmall, flat, or raised bumps on the skinTendency to find several bites together in a rowBed bugs secrete odors from their glands and often leave dark fecal spots on bedsheets where they hide out


How to take care of Bed Bug Bites…

No treatment Steroid creams or oral antihistamines can be used for severe itchingIf bites become infected, use of antibiotics may be required

Scratching may result in INFECTION!



5 Star hotel with 6 legs…

Guest at Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown reported bed bugs. Reported incidents at Four Seasons hotelCheck before you book your hotel! biting times are usually during dawn!

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