Why Are There Bed Bugs In My Wilmington Home?
December 30, 2020
When it comes to bed bugs, there are many misconceptions and myths about these pests and how they behave. One of the most common falsehoods you might hear about bed bugs is the idea that they only infest dirty homes. There is a stigma associated with bed bugs, similar to lice, that has led many people to believe that if you have a clean home you won’t ever have bed bugs. However, this is not true. In fact, bed bugs can happen to anyone. This is because of the way infestations get started. In this article, we’ll look into the two overall ways that bed bug infestations get started and provide some ways you can try to prevent them from coming into your home.
How Bed Bug Infestations Usually Start
The most common way you’re going to bring bed bugs into your home is by accidentally picking them up during travel. Bed bugs are hitchhikers that grab a ride on things like clothing, purses, luggage, and backpacks. While they don’t attach themselves to people, they will ride on many of the items we carry.
It’s possible to pick bed bugs up at nearly any business or even another person’s home. However, there are some bed bug hot spots where they are more likely to be found. These hot spots include buses, hotels, laundromats, schools, healthcare facilities, and more.
Since bed bugs are so tiny and can hide in many different places, it can be difficult to completely prevent picking them up. However, you can do a few things to reduce your risk such as not placing purses and backpacks next to bedding or cloth items, carrying laundry in plastic bags when using laundromats, and checking hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs.
The Other Way Bed Bug Infestations Start
While picking up bed bugs during travel or while running errands is usually how infestations begin, you can also bring bed bugs into your home via secondhand items. If you purchase something that is already infested, the bed bugs will spread throughout your home, and it’s not just mattresses that can contain these insects. Clothing, curtains, bedding, and other cloth furniture could also be full of bed bugs. When buying these items secondhand, you should look for signs of a bed bug infestation, including:
- Rusty-colored stains that are made from bed bug excrement
- Bloodstains especially on mattresses or other bedding items
- Yellow bed bug skins that have been discarded
- Small, cream-colored eggshell pieces
What Should You Do If You Have Bed Bugs?
Despite your best efforts, bed bugs are really hard to prevent. Even if you’re being careful, you could end up with an infestation through no fault of your own. If you have noticed any signs of bed bugs around your property, the only truly effective way to get rid of them is to work with the experts at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. We have over 20 years of pest management experience, and our bed bug removal services involve using heat treatments that will eliminate every single bug.
Find out more about our bed bug control options by calling us today at (910) 817-3292. You can also request an inspection using our online contact form.