A: One question that we get everyday from our ThermalRid customers is – “How do you get bed bugs?”
There are many ways someone can get bed bugs, but here are the most common that we hear of in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee areas.
Hotels are one of the highest risk areas for acquiring bed bugs because there is such a high volume of people going in and out. It only takes one person with bed bugs to stay in a hotel room for it to get infested. Eventually, bed bugs will spread to other rooms in the hotel traveling through wall crevasses, outlets, and vents. When a new guest stays at that hotel in a bed bug infested room, they can pick the bed bugs up in their luggage very easily and they can be transferred home. Any businesses similar to a hotel are also at higher risk of having bed bugs including hospitals, college dorms, nursing homes and apartment buildings.
Bed Bugs from Used and Gifted Items
A very common way that people acquire bed bugs is from buying used items such as couches, chairs, mattresses, and wood furniture.
Many of our customers have purchased used items or were gifted items that unknowingly had bed bugs in them. As soon as items with bed bugs are brought into the home, the bed bug infestation begins.
All items that are purchased used, gifted, or acquired need to be thoroughly inspected before being brought into the home. If you are unfamiliar with what to look for when inspecting for bed bugs, please read – do you have bed bugs?
Moving into a Bed Bug Problem
A lot of new homeowners and renters are finding that they move into a place that already has a bed bug problem.
When you purchase or rent a home, apartment or building that was previously occupied there is always a chance that the home could have had a bed bug problem; often the previous owner either did not disclose the issue or the problem was not treated correctly. We hear this quite often.
When renting or buying a home it is always good practice to get the home thoroughly inspected for bed bugs prior to moving in. While in some cases, the infestation could be so light that even with an inspection the issue could not be found as the bed bugs could be hiding in the walls, light fixtures and carpet.
We do offer “preventative move in treatments” for homes in Middle Tennessee. If you’ve had bed bugs in the past, we are happy to help treat your home or apartment prior to your arrival at your next residence.