Keeping pests out of your bedroom should be easy, right? Unfortunately, there are common and invasive pests that will attack your mattresses and cause you harm. We’re talking about bed bugs, which can infest a home quickly and be nearly impossible to remove. Learning how you can avoid getting them and respond quickly to growing problems will help your home stay pest-free.
An Introduction To Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed off the blood of larger animals. That includes people, and these pests have specifically adapted their behaviors to thrive off of human activity and properties.
Here are some features to watch out for when trying to tell if you have bed bugs:
Bed bugs are very small but can be seen with the naked eye. They are about the size of an appleseed.
Bed bugs are typically brown or reddish-brown in color, easier to spot on lighter-colored fabrics.
Even if you don’t spot bed bugs themselves, you might find their black, pepper-like eggs.
Bed Bug Hotspots
Bed bugs are so common because they can actually infest a wide range of properties and materials. Why they are known for plaguing bedrooms, they can also infest furniture and articles of clothing. Bed bugs can cling to hair, skin, or fabric, hitching a ride to other good feeding locations while unsuspecting people or animals do the walking for them. It’s this behavior that makes them prevalent not only in homes but public areas and businesses, too.
Often, homeowners track bed bugs in without even knowing it. As such, it’s important to know what places might be hotspots for bed bug activity.
Hotels: As a building chock full of beds and linens to infest, hotels are magnets for bed bug populations.
Hospitals: Another place with ample mattresses and fabrics around, hospitals are also a place where people come from all over and then head back to their own homes; thus, bed bugs can spread far and wide.
Transportation hubs: Speaking of places where people from all over gather, transportation hubs like bus stations and airports are another frequent hotspot for bed bugs.
Schools: This one is the trifecta: a place with lots of clothing and fabrics to infest, lots of bodies to feed on, and ample ways for them to transmit from household to household.
Smart Shopping & Packing
It’s not like you can just avoid all those places for the rest of your life, so it’s really important for you to take steps to protect yourself from exposure, especially when traveling. Here are some common sense ways you can avoid bringing bed bugs back home with you:
When purchasing used or secondhand items, it’s important to thoroughly check them for bed bugs or eggs.
When packing for a trip, make sure your suitcases and bags don’t have tears or loose zippers where pests might easily crawl in.
When returning from a trip, unpack your bags in an area of your home where bed bugs won’t be able to flee and hunker down. You might not know they’ve been stashed in your bags this whole time.
The Ultimate Bed Bug Protection From Experts
Because they are so easy to attract and encounter, bed bug prevention is really not something that homeowners should try to take on themselves. Instead, turn to the professionals who can ensure that bed bugs aren’t a problem. At ThermalRid, our technicians know all the places to check for bed bug activity in your home. If problems are found, we’ll act quickly to eliminate bed bugs and their eggs, making sure they never come back.