NEWSMAKER — Don’t let bed bugs ruin your Summer vacation

| July 11, 2018
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Thousands of Missourians will set off on vacations this summer for some rest and relaxation, but the return home could be anything but relaxing if a fairly common pest hitches a ride in your suitcase.

In Wednesday’s Newsmaker, KMZU’s Brian Lock talked with Molly Baker, Zoonotic and Epidemiology Specialist with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services about bed bugs and how to prevent them from ruining your Summer vacation.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Tuesday morning on KMZU.


“Bed bugs are a small, crawling insect,” Baker explained. “We get a lot of calls about bed bugs, and they are pests, but they aren’t really associated with any hazard.”

Bed bugs are most commonly found in places of lodging, such as hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts, which will see increased visitors over the holiday season.

“We receive reports of bed bugs in hotels, homes, schools, even offices,” Baker went on to say. “You can find them pretty much anywhere where there will be people gathered”

Bed bugs are very small and can be hard to spot, but Baker offered some tips on how to look out for the pests and what to do if you find them.

“They’re usually in cracks and cervices, folds of fabric, anything like that,” Baker said. “In a small infestation, you’re going to just be looking for evidence of bed bugs. Maybe spotting on a mattress seam or on the sides of furniture which would indicate a bed bug had been in the area. Of course, you can also find live bugs.”

Bed bugs go through the molting process as well and their sledded skins can be a sign they are near.

Upon returning home from Summer vacation, Baker suggests carefully coming through luggage and clothing to ensure there are no unwanted critters clinging on that could result in an infestation at home.

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Brian Lock is the News Director for KMZU News. He is a resident of Carrollton and attended the University of Missouri - Columbia.