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S LEEP T IGHT … D ON ’ T L ET THE B ED B UGS B ITE ! UCOP October 2010 Safety Meeting Developed by Karen Hsi, UCOP EH&S Student Intern.

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1 S LEEP T IGHT … D ON ’ T L ET THE B ED B UGS B ITE ! UCOP October 2010 Safety Meeting Developed by Karen Hsi, UCOP EH&S Student Intern

2 T HEIR L ATEST V ICTIMS … New York City’s Niketown Store was temporarily shut down due to an invasion of bed bugs! One of our own UC Risk Managers suffered several bites! Possibly caused by increase in international travels!

3 R EPORTED B ED B UG I NFESTATIONS ACROSS H OTELS IN THE U.S.

4 T RICKY L ITTLE B UGGERS … Have excellent abilities to squeeze into cracks and crevices and will often go unnoticed by the “casual observer.” Shun light, and if disturbed will move to quieter, more remote areas Where you like to rest… they like to rest too! What makes them hard to detect? Check bed crevices when you get to the hotel!

5 W HAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE ? Oval, flattened, brown, and wingless Approx.1/4 to 3/8 inch long (5-9mm) Looks similar to a wood tick Young bed bugs are even smaller (1/16 inch or 1.6 mm) when they first hatch and they are colorless They leave cast skins as they grow and fecal spots after a blood meal.

6 I NSPECT ALL PERSONAL ITEMS … Use luggage racks provided instead of putting luggage on beds Inspect beds sheets for visible pepper- looking spots Carefully inspect your items paying attention to cracks, crevices, seams, and folds. May travel on clothing/luggage but not directly on people. Upon entering the hotel room… Coming home from travels…

7 S TEPS TO TAKE AFTER POSSIBLE INFESTATION … Contain all items suspected of carrying bed bugs in plastic bags until items can be laundered, washed by hand, heated, or frozen When washing set on highest heat that clothing can withstand Suitcase and items that cannot be placed into washing machine can be hand-washed with soap and the hottest water possible (100 o F to120 o F) Items that cannot be washed can be heated or frozen. 120 o F minimum target temperature for heat treatment 23 o F minimum temperature maintained for 5 days for frozen treatment

8 S YMPTOMS AND S IGNS OF B ED B UG B ITES … Redness, swelling, or itching Small, flat, or raised bumps on the skin Tendency to find several bites together in a row Bed bugs secrete odors from their glands and often leave dark fecal spots on bedsheets where they hide out

9 H OW TO TAKE CARE OF B ED B UG B ITES … No treatment Steroid creams or oral antihistamines can be used for severe itching If bites become infected, use of antibiotics may be required Scratching may result in INFECTION! DON’T SCRATCH!!!

10 5 S TAR HOTEL WITH 6 LEGS … Guest at Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown reported bed bugs. Reported incidents at Four Seasons hotel Check before you book your hotel! m/watch?v=WfKCcSPC OQo Peak biting times are usually during dawn!


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