How Bed Bugs Find Their Way Into Your Home

April 13, 2018

Bed bug infestations can be devastating. Bed bugs are notorious pests that feed on the blood of humans and animals. While bed bugs are not currently known to spread diseases, most people demonstrate some type of allergic reaction to their bites that manifest as uncomfortable red welts that can bleed profusely and easily become infected.

Bed bugs are global hitchhikers that can thrive in even the cleanest environments—they don’t need dirt to survive, just blood and cover. Bed bugs commonly make their home in bedding, clothing, cloth suitcases and pillows.

If your home is infested with bed bugs, you need to call for the help of a qualified expert specializing in bed bug control in WI. There are a number of ways that pest control professionals deal with bed bugs. In many cases, temporary evacuation of your home is necessary to treat an extensive bed bug infestation.

It’s far too easy to inadvertently carry bed bugs back into your home, especially if you frequently travel for work or pleasure. Here are just some of the ways that you can invite bed bugs into your home:

  • Gym bags:
    Bed bugs travel from one person’s clothing to another if you are keeping your gym bag in a communal locker. Be sure to use private lockers whenever possible while you are working out. This can help prevent you from bringing bed bugs into your home.
  • Suitcases:
    Probably the most common way people first infest their home with bed bugs is during travel. Many hotels, even nice ones, are infested with bed bugs. If you are travelling for work or vacation, be sure to exercise extreme caution.
  • Bedding:
    If you’ve recently stayed with family or friends, you may have opened up your bedding to infestation. Bed bugs can also move from apartment to apartment by traveling in mattresses and comforters.
  • Clothing:
    When purchasing clothes at thrift or secondhand stores, be sure to wash it thoroughly with bleach and hot water before bringing it into your home. Secondhand clothing is a surprisingly common way to put yourself at risk of a bed bug infestation.

How to prevent bed bug infestation

Recent spikes in bed bug infestations have led to companies creating interesting solutions to help stem the international flow of bed bugs. Heat-treating suitcases can now be purchased that help kill any unwelcome hitchhikers. Additionally, you can lessen your risk of picking up bed bugs by not bringing your pillows, bedding and stuffed animals to hotels. Exercise extra caution at gyms, offices, hospitals and hotels, and inspect yourself for bites before returning home. Bed bug bites typically manifest as red welts running down the side of your body.

ANT’s Complete Pest Control has been a premier source of bed bug control in WI since 2006. We are proud to provide each and every one of our clients with specialized, personalized bed bug treatment solutions that help them address their pest issues. If you are looking for reliable and dependable pest control solutions, reach out to one of our friendly and knowledgeable associates today.

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