A single bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs and survive in temperatures ranging from freezing cold to 122 degrees Fahrenheit! In other words, bed bugs are no joke. A Springfield, Missouri hospital found that out the hard way. Cleaning staff reportedly found bed bugs in the Cox South Hospital waiting room.
Hospital Closes, Thanks to Bed Bugs
Cox South Hospital closed Wednesday for appropriate bed bug pest control services and extermination services. Hospital staff chalked the bed bugs up to personal items brought from patients or loved ones homes and urged those in waiting rooms to consider long-term arrangements for extended stays (in lieu of spending nights there). “On Tuesday, June 10 our housekeeping staff reported possible bed bugs in the waiting room of our Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit. The waiting room was closed and a local pest exterminator is treating the area. Our environmental services department (EVS) will thoroughly clean the waiting room before opening it later today,” the hospital said in an official statement.
How Do You Know If You Have Bed Bugs?
If you have bed bugs, you will likely have to invest in thermal bed bug treatment. How does it work? Bed bugs and heat treatment do not mix. After heating up interiors to temperatures of 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours, bed bugs will no longer be a problem. How do you know when it’s time for bed bugs and heat treatment (or natural bed bug treatment and non-toxic bed bug treatment)?
Little black spots, specks of blood, and exoskeletons are tell-tale signs of a bed bug infestation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some people may notice a sweet and/or musky odor as well.
Before closing down your establishment or calling in an exterminator, look for tell-tale signs to confirm that you really do have a bed bug infestation on your hands.