So how do you get bed bugs anyway?
Bed bugs are one of the most notorious hitchhiking pests. They easily fall into cracks and small spaces, and for all you know, you’re giving a handful of these insects a ride back to your home.
They can stick to clothing and other items and could easily be carried around by unsuspecting folks. These pests can be compared to the common cold – easily transferable and such a bother.
Means of bed bug transportation
- Visit visa. You have guests over at your place, and these visitors may have carried blood suckers with them. When a lot of people come in and out of one place, there could be a risk of an infestation.
- Being neighborly. If you live in an apartment complex and your neighbors have these bugs, chances are, you would have critters in your unit soon enough. These little critters can make their way through cracks and crevices in the walls and into your home.
- Something old as something new. Sometimes, awesome garage sale or thrift store finds can also bring unwanted pests to the new owners’ houses.
- Travel express. Hotels and other similar accommodations are often homes for these pests, and more often than not, these bugs could find their way into your suitcase and follow you all the way home.
Needless to say, bed bugs stay when they’ve found a suitable spot in your living space, so you need to be careful not to bring them in. There are precautions you can take to prevent an infestation.
How to kick the bed bugs out and void bed bug bites (and make sure they stay out)
- Be thorough in inspecting any used furniture that you’d like to buy. A flashlight would be handy for looking into any suspicious cracks and crevices on the item.
- Inspect used clothing thoroughly as well before you purchase them. Also, make sure that you wash these properly. These blood suckers die when placed in heat, so wash these items with hot water and run them through the dryer to get rid of any possible “hitchhikers”.
- Check out hotel rooms when traveling. If you suspect that you occupied a room that may have had an infestation, clean or dispose of your travel things accordingly.
Bed bugs are fairly harmless when they are few, but they can reproduce rather quickly. So an infestation is always a possibility if you are not careful. Remember to keep an eye out for these unwelcome hitchhikers!