Of the many things that have been different about this year, changes to travel plans has been one of the biggest adjustments. You may wonder then, if you haven’t been traveling and haven’t stayed in any hotels, how did you end up with a bed bug infestation? Unfortunately, there is more than one way to introduce bed bugs into your home, however no matter how they got there, bed bug control is the only way to make sure they leave and don’t come back.
While traveling and shared accommodation is one of the most common ways to bring bed bugs into your home, it’s not the only way these pesky little invaders like to get around. Bed bugs are the ultimate hitchhikers; they are tiny, difficult to see with the naked eye, and can survive, in some conditions, without food for years.
Bags and Clothing
One of the reasons that bed bugs are so difficult to control is that they can get into anything, and live on many surfaces. Bags, backpacks, purses, jackets, and shoes, are all ways that these snaky little guys like to get around. Even if you haven’t traveled recently, if you’ve had someone in your home who is currently dealing with a bed bug infestation, knowingly or not, they may have brought over more than a bottle of wine during their last visit.
We all love a good deal, however if you have recently purchased a piece of used furniture, it may have come with a few unwanted surprises. As mentioned previously, bed bugs can live a long time without a meal in the right conditions. So that bedframe, dresser, or sofa could be the culprit behind a bed bug infestation. While less common, even new furniture can become infected with bed bugs if the storage facility has been dealing with an outbreak.
Sometimes when we live is close quarters with others we share more than just common areas. Bedbugs are not marathon runners, but they can cover small distances and are well known to like hiding behind mouldings and inside walls. In spaces like apartment or condo buildings, bed bugs can easily find their way from one unit to another, even if you’ve had no direct contact with neighbours in your building.
Getting rid of bed bugs, once they have taken up residence, is extremely difficult, and unfortunately, despite all the DIY solutions you may be able to dig up on Google, the only way to safely guarantee the elimination of bed bugs is with a lot of hard work, diligence, and professional bed bug control. Professional bed bug control contractors know bed bugs, know where they like to hide, and have the right tools to eliminate them. The longer an outbreak persists, the harder it is to fix the problem, if you suspect a bed bug infestation, call for professional help today.