MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Cimex lectularius, better known as bedbugs, are making a big comeback as a rash of outbreaks across the country have exterminators busy.
"People need to look in their homes, especially if they're just back from vacation," said David Morisch, an exterminator with Lane's Professional Pest Elimination Inc., which provides extermination services for hotels, private homes and businesses across the South. "First thing we look for is on the pillows, bed sheets is for blood spots... that's a sign that someone's been bitten."
Experts recommend people who travel often to check their luggage and clothing for bedbugs that may have hitched a ride on their return trip. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, bedbugs are not considered deadly, but can be a nuisance.
People who experience bedbugs can expect to see small red spots, similar to chicken pox, on their skin. If infected, it's recommenced you speak with a doctor about ointments that could help stop the spread.
The HSPH recommends people suspecting bedbugs in their home should "carefully inspect the bed frame, mattress, and other furniture for signs of bed bugs and their eggs. Although dead bed bugs, cast bug skins and blood spots may indicate an infestation occurred previously; they do not confirm that an infestation is still active. Search for live (crawling) bugs and ensure they are bed bugs before considering treating."
For more information on bedbugs from the Harvard School of Public Health, visit www.hsph.harvard.edu/bedbugs.