What do bed bugs look like?
Adult bed bugs are a rusty-brown color, oval shaped and about ¼” long. They swell up and become darker and more elongated as they feed. Baby bed bugs (nymphs) are much smaller and lighter in color. Bed bug eggs are very small (1mm long) and translucent to milky white in color. They are visible to the naked eye but much more difficult to see.
Bites are usually the first symptom of a bed bug problem. But by the time you first notice the bites, you may already have more than one generation of bed bugs living under your roof!
The most common signs of bed bug infestation include blood or fecal stains, shed skins (bed bug "shells") and bed bug nymphs or eggs. Learn all about the 9 tell-tale symptoms of bed bugs and see pictures of the signs of bed bug infestation so you know how to identify them.
If you think you might have bed bugs, it’s time to get down and dirty. Inspecting for bed bugs is not as hard as it might seem, but it will take a little bit of time and effort. There are a few things you will need to know before you start. You can learn them in the bed bug detection section of this site.
Bed bugs tend to stay close to their food source (where you sleep or sit for long periods of time) but they are crafty little creatures and because they are so flat, they can hide in surprising places. Finding them takes a little work and knowing where to look. Here are some pictures of where bed bugs hide that will help...
If a visual inspection doesn't yield proof an infestation, there are other methods of detecting bed bugs ranging inexpensive traps to hiring a company that uses bed bug sniffing dogs to search them out.
If you think you have bed bugs, read these basic DOs and DON’Ts and the specific bedbug control DOs and DON’Ts before you do anything else. There are lots of things that seem like logical actions to take, but will make your situation worse.
Bed bug bites are not that different from many other insect bites and just because you think you are getting bug bites in bed, that doesn't mean its bed bugs. Many don’t react to bites right away. So waking up itchy may be symptom of bed bugs, but is certainly not proof. Bites alone are never enough to diagnose a bed bug infestation.
From http://www.bedbug-answers.com/all-about-bed-bugs.html/ ; accesssed August 1, 2017.
Survey the Premises
Respond To Your Findings: If you find more bed bugs…
Protect Yourself And Your Employees
Communicate with Your Staff and Customers
Debunk the Misconceptions
What about an employee who has bed bugs at home?
Strategies to try
Bed bugs are a manageable problem! With a little education and a surveillance program, you can keep them from becoming a major disruption in your workplace.
From http://centralohiobedbugs.org/guidance-for-professionals/social-services/bed-bugs-in-the-workplace/; accessed August 1, 2017.
Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Prevention and Treatment of Bed Bugs in Public Libraries
Six months after the introduction of one mated, female bed bug into a location, an infestation scenario could look something like this:
Other information to know:
Bed Bugs and Other Bad News: An Opportunity for Media and Public Relations
"Problems in libraries, such as inappropriate behavior, leaks, and pests occur from time to time. Deciding when, what, and to whom to communicate this information is an essential part of the recovery process and can make the difference between acceptance and fear. Making a decision to communicate about any situation in an academic library can be based on similar principles for managing bad news in a corporate environment. For example, one common principle of media relations is to bring the story to the media rather than having the media come to you. Transparency and honesty are also cornerstones to turning a bad situation into one where the public is able to have compassion and begin to trust the organization."
From http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/conferences/confsandpreconfs/2015/Godfrey_Bigler_Soehner.pdf; accessed August 25, 2017.
Bed Bugs and Schools