Unlike other pests, like roaches or flies, bed bugs are not necessarily attracted to unsanitary homes or food that has been left out overnight. Although clutter provides an ideal hiding place for bed bugs, a bed bug infestation is transmitted from one source to another, and not caused by the clutter itself. There are various ways that a bed bug infestation can be transmitted to a home. We discuss some of the most common ways that a bed bug infestation is spread below.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From
Bed bugs come from a variety of sources, transferring from host to host in secret. Once a bed bug has found a host that provides a steady supply of food (mostly human blood) and a place to hide, it will begin to multiply until a full infestation has grown. The most common way to attract a bed bug infestation is by bringing home furniture found on the street, or bringing home items purchased from a second-hand shop without washing them first. However, bed bugs can be picked up anywhere.
A good bed bug treatment will take all of this into account and deal with the infestation on every level, incorporating ways to prevent an infestation in the future, and providing the client with a comprehensive means of bed bug control so the infestation does not spread elsewhere.
Bed Bugs in The Bedroom
Bed bugs prefer living close by a bed, where they can be close to their host and feed as he or she sleeps, undetected. They hide in the seams of mattresses, under box springs, and around bed frames and headboards, only coming out to feed when the host is asleep.
Bed Bugs Outside The Bedroom
Any public space accommodating a large number of people coming and going is a potential hot spot for bed bugs. Bed bug infestations have known to be transmitted while traveling on vacation, commuting to and from work, and of course, visiting a friend or relative that has recently been infested.
How Do Bed Bugs Spread
Bed bugs could be hiding anywhere and can be picked up on buses, trains, taxis, planes, restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, and any home, business, or public venue that has been infested. Once attached to their next host, bed bugs will hitchhike a ride on clothing or luggage until they arrive at their next destination, where the infestation will rapidly grow and spread before it is noticed.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs
Preventing a bed bug infestation is all about knowing how bed bugs spread and taking the steps to ensure that you are bedbug-free at all times. Using a mattress encasement to prevent bed bugs from entering or escaping the mattress is a great place to start, but staying vigilant in public spaces is just as important. Many aspects of our 3 Step Bed Bug treatment function as both bed bug extermination solutions and a high-quality means of preventing a bed bug infestation. Keeping your home free of clutter will help you identify a growing infestation in its early stages, as bed bugs will have limited places to hide. Make sure you thoroughly wash and clean everything you bring into your home, and use a bed bug travel spray for an on-the-go treatment of bed bugs that won’t put a damper on your vacation or daily commute.
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It is important to begin preparing for bed bug extermination at the first sign of an infestation before the infestation gets out of hand. If you think you have bed bugs, talk to a professional bed bug exterminator right away. Call us for a free consultation and get started taking the necessary steps for bed bug control.