Many people think you have to be dirty or have an unclean or cluttered living space to get bed bugs. That is not true. Bed bugs are becoming a big problem, and they don’t care how clean your house is. As long as there are humans around for them to feed on at night, and places for them to hide during the day, they’re happy to take up residence anywhere.
Bed bugs are a much larger nuisance than many other types of pests for several reasons. One of which is that they are resistant to many common pesticides. Additionally, they don’t have to feed often so they can hide in the seams of your bed, behind your headboard, in your couch or behind light socket covers for several months. By that time, any pesticide application for bed bugs may have worn off before they ever touched it.
What are common ways people get bed bugs?
Bed bugs can travel fast. They are stealthy hitchhikers. There are many ways they can make their way into your home:
1) Bed Bugs While Traveling
If you stay in a spot where bed bugs are present and set your suitcase on the floor, they can crawl into your suitcase and come home with you. For this reason, it’s important to never set your suitcase on a bed or the floor while traveling to prevent bed bugs.
2) Bed Bugs in Public Places
Bed bugs can crawl into cuffs, pockets and seams of clothing. When someone who has bed bugs in their home visits a movie theater, uses public transit or sit anywhere that provides a place for the bed bugs to hide, they can switch hiding spots and wait for their next host.
3) Getting Bed Bugs From Used Clothes & Furniture
Hiding is one thing bed bugs are very good at. It’s why they generally only come out at night and how they are so hard to detect. Used clothing or furniture brought into your home can be a potential host for unwanted bed bugs.
4) Your Neighbors Can Give You Bed Bugs
If you live in a multi-family property like an apartment or condominium, it’s possible to get bed bugs from your neighbors. As the bedbugs reproduce, they travel in search of new food sources. Traveling through floors and in ductwork between buildings, they can infest your apartment even if you didn’t bring them home yourself.
5) Move Into Home With Bed Bugs
Sometimes people get tired of trying to deal with a bed bug infestation, so they move. What they leave behind are bed bugs. New occupants can’t see the hiding blood suckers which may be living in carpet along baseboards, behind light fixtures or in the walls. Once new people move in, the bed bugs come out of hiding to feed.
Being educated about how bed bugs travel allows you to be proactive in preventing them from coming into your home. Being careful when you travel, examining used clothing and furniture before bringing into your home and continually monitoring your home for signs of bed bugs are the best ways to prevent them from becoming a problem in your home.
If you spot a bed bug, have unexplained bites or notice small brown or red spots on your bedding, it’s important to contact a pest control company specializing in bed bugs as soon as possible to take care of the problem before it gets worse.