Bed Bugs in your CPAP
We’ve all heard about the bed bug problem and how it has shut down retail stores, vacated apartments and hotels and threatened schools, dorms, homes and movie theaters. These bugs and the bites they leave behind were a huge problem prior to 1950, but then insecticides eradicated them. We now have insecticides that are safer on humans but that don’t kill these pests. Bed bugs are also excellent hitchhikers and love to travel on clothing, luggage or linens. This poses a problem for those of us who do travel and who need to travel with our CPAP machines, which live in the bedroom.
Adult bed bugs are about the size of apple seeds with dark brown bodies. Their children and teens are smaller with a lighter color. They love coming out at night to crawl from their hiding places in the box spring or mattress to bite you. The only consoling news about bed bugs is that though their bites are annoying, they don’t transmit diseases.
What do we do?
• When you first check into the hotel ask if they have any current or recent bed bug infestation issues. If they say yes, try to avoid any room that has been treated for an infestation within 30 days.
• Keep your filters in your CPAP machine as clean as possible. There are Ultrafine filters on the market made with small synthetic fibers that capture bacteria and virus particles in the air. They’ll also capture bed bugs! Many CPAP users with severe allergies already use them. These Ultrafine filters will do their job even better if you regularly change the filters every 30 days.
• Clean your physical CPAP equipment with Citrus Cleaner whose odor repels bugs. Also give your mask and tubing a thorough cleaning as soon as you return home.
• Keep your CPAP equipment on a clean, dry surface. Inspect the area before you set it down.
• If you do see the bed bugs upon your return home contact your local health department and get professional help to eliminate them from your environment.
Be safe and careful when you travel with your CPAP machine. With a little added precaution you can keep the bed bugs from ruining your day