Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are more than a fun bedtime rhyme. They are real and they do bite and they are in more beds than you might think.

The New York City area has been getting attention for its bed bugs lately, but they're not exclusive to New York. There are bed bugs right here in Texas.

Bed Bugs love to eat at night. Any animal can fall prey to them, but humans appear to be their favorite meal. Pest Control Experts say bed bugs are bloodsuckers that require a blood meal. An increase in the pest control business indicates more of the pesky critters are in the Lone Star State. "Originally, there were outbreaks up in the northeast. Up in New York and Philadelphia and it's slowly moved down this way," says Richard Weisman with Advanced Pest Control in Houston.

Bed bugs typically like places with high occupancy like hotels and motels. It has nothing to do with the quality of the hotel, or whether it is a five star or a one star say pest control experts. With the holiday season upon us, it stands to reason that more bed bugs could be coming this way.

But before you lose any sleep over bed bugs, you should know that they are not known to transmit disease. Also, most of the reported cases of bed bugs are in people's homes. If you do have a case of bed bugs, wash your clothes and bedding in hot water at a temperature of at least 130-degrees. You could also try vacuuming your mattress to rid yourself of the pests.