Infestations are not uncommon in baby beds, and the bed bug is one of the most common bed bugs to find in a crib or bedroom.
However, the most effective way to spot bed bugs is by looking at the bed, according to experts at the University of Florida.
“You can see these little green spots on the bedding,” said Dr. Paul B. McInerney, a pediatrician at UF Medical School.
“But how do you know that the bed is infested?
Because if it’s not, it doesn’t matter how you look at it.
You’re going to have an infestation.”
If a baby is sleeping on the side of the bed or on the bottom, the bed may be infested, too.
“If the bed has a hole in the bottom of the mattress, that’s a potential bed bug,” McInersons advice said.
If a bed is made from hardwood or plywood, or if there are any stains on the top of the carpet, then it’s likely infested.
McIngersons also recommended that parents inspect the mattress and the pillow to see if it has a stain, and if so, to wash it off and try to remove any infested material.
If there’s a spot of mold on the mattress or on a pillow, the infestation is likely, McIngerons said.
“It’s important to wash the bed and to wipe down the area to see how much infestation there is,” he said.
Infestation rates for cribs and rooms where babies are sleeping are often low, and parents need to do a lot of research about bed bugs before putting their babies to sleep, said Dr .
Karen M. Anderson, a senior infectious disease specialist at the Florida Department of Health.
“They have to be very careful, very careful about where they put their baby, because bed bugs will eat anything they put in the crib,” she said.
Bed bugs can be transmitted from one person to another, and there is little risk of them transmitting from the baby to the adult.
“Bed bugs can bite the skin, or it can be swallowed by a person, and it can also transmit from person to person,” Anderson said.
Parents should also take care of the infant’s bed.
“The most important thing is that the crib is clean and dry,” Anderson added.
“A baby can get on top of a crib if there’s something that’s in the way.
Make sure the crib doesn’t have a leaky bottom or that it’s very clean and not damp or dirty.”
Beds can also get wet, which can be especially problematic for babies who are too young to know how to clean themselves.
If the bed does get wet and dirty, it could get mold and bacteria on the surface of the surface.
“Once you get a bed bug on the infant, it’s difficult to get the bed back in order,” Anderson explained.
“So the most important rule is to wash your baby’s bedding and try not to put the baby in a tub.
A baby who gets in a bathtub will probably go into a feeding tube and then the bed will dry out.”
The Florida Department’s Health Department offers a bedbug prevention plan, including cleaning and disinfecting the crib and making sure the bed isn’t exposed to any kind of dust, such as sand, dirt, dust from the carpet or the bed frame, and that the mattress is clean.
In a statement, the department said: “Babies need to sleep in a safe environment.
Bedbugs can be very contagious and can cause serious health problems for babies.
It is important to get them tested and treated before they are allowed to stay in a bed.”
McIngerson recommends parents follow the Florida Environmental Protection Agency’s instructions for preventing bed bugs.
“There’s no substitute for testing your crib and washing your mattress,” he added.
If you’re having trouble finding a bed in your neighborhood, don’t be afraid to reach out to the Department of Children and Families.
They are always looking for bed bugs, and their website offers information on bed bugs and other pests.
“We have a number of bed bugs we are actively monitoring and will update our site frequently,” the department stated.
The department also has a bed bugs hotline.