There is a misconception out there that bed bugs are drawn to filth and decay. Given this mistaken belief, many homeowners and apartment dwellers assume that as long as they keep living and sleeping areas clean and tidy, that they should be safe. The reality is, the places we go, and the normal behaviors most of us follow may be making us prone to an accidental bed bug invasion. Are you unaware of how a bed bug could enter your home? Read on to find out more.
There seems to be a lack of awareness in the public about the frequency and habits of bed bugs. For instance, did you know that bed bugs can be found in all 50 states and in countries all over the world? While they are not drawn to clutter, as we spoke of previously, they can hide in untidy areas and take longer to be discovered. Bed bugs can live in any environment, as long as they have access to their food source. They require blood to breed and to survive. Since they can not fly like other pests, they must live close enough to their food source that they can feed often. That means your main living spaces are a perfect environment for bed bugs to hunker down.
Most of us have heard through news or word-of-mouth that bed bugs often can be found in hotels or motels. This is true. But did you know that they are also found in common places like buses, trains, planes, cruise liners, taxi cabs, schools, libraries, theaters, work places, dorms, retail stores, hospitals, and buildings of all varieties. Yikes!
The important thing to know, so you do not become an accidental bed bug “carrier,” is that these pests are fantastic hitchhikers. They can hitch a ride back to your home anytime and any place. Due to this, we suggest the following guidelines when you are out and about.
- Check your seat wherever you go, whether it is at the mall, in a hotel or on a bus. Look to see if you can spot these small pests. Look for black fecal deposits, insect shells, and blood staining. If you see any signs – inform management immediately.
- When you visit any of these locations listed above, don’t put your purse, backpack or jacket on the floor. Rather, hang them wherever possible. Never accept used furniture without a thorough inspection.
- Wash all bedding and clothing at the hottest temperature possible.
- Inspect all bed and furnishings in your own home often to catch an accidental infestation early.
Do you suspect that you may have bed bugs? Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.