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Who covers bed bugs in their safety programs and prevention at work?

Bed Bugs Infest the Workplace Bed bugs feed on the blood of their “hosts.” Although they’re not known to spread disease, bed bug bites are unsightly and itchy. Scratching bed bug bites can also cause infection. And the simple fact is that these tiny blood-suckers creep people out. Bed bugs are still primarily a problem in residential buildings and places with beds, such as hotels, motels and hospitals. But now bed bug infestation at the workplace is becoming a serious problem.

How can a workplace get infected with bed bugs? Bed bugs are hitchhikers. So someone with bed bugs at home may inadvertently bring the critters or their eggs to work with them. And co-workers may then bring bed bugs home with them, completing the vicious cycle (if you haven’t scratched an itch by now, something’s wrong with you. Lots of bad things can happen when bed bugs infest a workplace:

· Workers can get bitten and yes Visitors can get bitten; and

· The bed bugs can hitch a ride with hosts and infest their home and family. Getting Rid of Bed Bugs It’s hard to get rid of bed bugs.

If you’ve discovered or suspect that there are bed bugs in your workplace:

· Use a professional and experienced pest control service;

· Prepare the areas that need to be treated and explain the process for getting rid of bed bugs to workers;

· Remove and dispose of furniture from the infested areas, such as upholstered chairs and sofas, as soon as possible;

· After pest control, thoroughly inspect the treated areas to assess the treatment’s effectiveness and determine if additional treatment is needed. (With bed bugs, more than one treatment is often required.); and

· To prevent future infestations, seal cracks and crevices; repair or remove peeling wallpaper; tighten loose light switch covers and seal any openings where pipes, wires or other utilities come into the building.

Conclusion One final note: When it comes to preventing bed bug infestation, early detection is critical. So, if a worker or visitor raises a concern, take it seriously and respond promptly. Getting the early jump will enable you to both keep your workplace healthier and manage your liability risks.

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