Today at work I had to perform a Bed Bug treatment. This got me to thinking with the increase in Bed Bug infestations in the last few years, that I would share a little info and give little tips for preventing an infestation. With the Summer travels coming up and Meet and Greets getting ready to happen, I figure I will give one hopefully helpful thread. Here are a few pictures of Bed Bugs from today's treatment. Bed Bug on a mattress. Bud Bugs and Fecal staining in seam of mattress. They are not always in mattresses, they are in nightstands and other places as well. Finding Bed Bugs in your home has nothing to do with being dirty. It only takes one Bed Bug hitching a ride on your clothing or suitcase to infest your residence. They can live up to one year without a blood meal. It takes about four weeks to several months depending on the temperature and amount of food available for the development from an egg to an adult. They typically feed every three days. They are drawn out of hiding at night by the warmth of our bodies. It takes about 15 minutes for adults to complete their feeding and less for the nymphs. When you travel and stay in hotels end even at houses remember this acronym S.L.E.E.P Survey mattress and boxspring surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as spots on mattress seams, bed sheets and bed skirts. Lift and look at all Bed Bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, box spring, headboard, and furniture. Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, Bed Bugs can often hide behind head boards and picture frames. Examine your luggage carefully while packing and when you return home. Keep luggage off the bed and store it away from your bedroom. Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for 20 minutes on the highest setting upon returning home from travel. I hope you found this helpful. Sleep Tight!