Senior Care Tips: Bedbug Awareness Week

Senior Care in Berwyn PA

Senior Care in Berwyn PAYou might remember your mother tucking you in at night and saying “Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.” You might even use this same phrase with your own children when putting them to bed at night. No matter how many times you have said it, though, you likely did not think of it as having any truly applicable meaning. Unfortunately, the instance of bed bugs is on the rise and more families than ever are realizing that these little pests may be much closer to home than they imagined.

April 24 through 30 is Bedbug Awareness Week. This is the ideal time for you to learn more about these potentially dangerous bugs and find out what you can do to eliminate them should they take up residence in your loved one’s home.

Bedbugs are quite small, though the adult can reach the size of an apple seed. Though they are called bedbugs, they do not reside exclusively in beds. Instead, they can infest other furniture, carpets, luggage, clothing, and other soft surfaces throughout a space. They are common in households, hotels, hospitals, and even offices. There is a common misconception that bedbugs only occur in improperly maintained hotels and motels, or dirty homes. This is simply not the case, and believing this can make it more likely that your loved one will suffer from a more extensive infestation because your thoughts might not immediately go to bedbugs if she shows signs of exposure. While these locations may be the ideal home for harboring these bugs, all types of buildings and people are vulnerable to bedbug infestations. Though they are not poisonous, they can put your parent’s health at risk.

When a bedbug bites it can feed for up to 15 minutes at a time. This creates a firm bump at the bite site that can be very itchy. If your parent scratches, rubs, or pulls at the itchy skin it can create cuts or scratches, making her more vulnerable to infection. Handling an infestation promptly is essential to protecting your parent and her home.
Use these tips to help you get a bedbug infestation under control as quickly as possible:

• Be vigilant. Bedbugs usually make it into homes as passengers. If your parent has recently traveled or has been in a medical treatment facility, check her luggage extremely carefully after returning. Consider traveling home with luggage in black trash bags in the trunk or in direct sunlight in the car so that maximum heat can get to any potential bugs in the luggage.

• Launder effectively. While today’s washers are efficient enough that washing clothing in hot water is not only no longer necessary it can actually be damaging to the clothes, when it comes to bedbugs, heat is essential. If you notice any bedbugs or suspicious bites on your parent after sleeping, wash all bedding in the hottest water the fabric can tolerate and then dry in the hottest dryer possible. Put all soft goods into black trash bags and put them in the sun for several hours or even a couple of days.

• Clean the carpet. Deep clean the carpet and any soft furniture. For maximum effectiveness, use a combination of upholstery cleaning with soap and hot water, and steam cleaning.

• Protect others. If a piece of furniture has such an infestation that you simply cannot handle it being in the home, dispose of it responsibly. Contact a junk removal company to get it away from the home as quickly as possible. Be sure to destroy it before putting it outside so that someone else will not come along and take it, bringing the bugs into their home.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Berwyn, PA, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
Tom Smith, President & CEO