When bed bugs get into your home or business, they can seem mysterious. These are sneaky bugs. If you have questions, it is quite possible that your question is here. Let's take a look at the most frequently asked questions we get about bed bugs in Merrimac.

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Why Do I Have Bed Bugs?

There are many reasons why you might ask this question. The answer differs depending on what the actual question is.

If you mean, "Why do I have bed bugs when I have a year-round pest control plan?" It is because bed bugs are indoor pests that move from one location to another by hitching a ride. They don't come in from your yard.

If you mean, "Why do I have bed bugs when I haven't gone on any vacations recently?" It is because you can pick bed bugs up at work, school, and in other public venues. You can also get them in a taxi cab, on a bus, or in a plane. Some people have even gotten bed bugs from the public library.

If you mean, "Why do I have bed bugs, I'm not a dirty person?" It is because bed bugs aren't drawn to dirty homes or people with poor hygiene. They'll live in any home where they can get a blood meal.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found?

This is another question that will differ depending on what the actual question is. Let's take a look at a few variations.

If you want to know, "Where are bed bugs found inside my home?" Some of the common places bed bugs hide are in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, bed stands, upholstered furniture, electronics, and more. Any item in your home that has recesses, gaps, cracks, or a void within, can be a home for bed bugs.

If you want to know, "Where are bed bugs found in items I bring on vacation?" Adult bed bugs can hide in luggage, duffel bags, pocketbooks, bags, boxes, and in any item that is dark. They'll lay their eggs on clothing, particularly laundry items.

If you want to know, "Where might I pick bed bugs up when I'm away from home?" They're found in many places. The obvious locations are hotels, motels, resorts, and other places that offer overnight accommodations. What you may not know is that they can be found in daycares, schools, college dormitories, senior living centers, movie theaters, office spaces, and more. You can get these bugs from many unexpected places—places that don't even have beds!

Do Mattress Covers Prevent Bed Bugs?

When bed bugs are found, some Merrimac residents take drastic measures and throw their beds out. This rarely stops a bed bug infestation. This information is readily available on the internet, and some folks have learned that mattress encasements can help you save your mattress or box spring from needing to be thrown out. But, do mattress covers prevent bed bugs? No. Bed bugs can find a way to live in your home even if they don't have access to your mattresses or box springs. They can live in your bed frame, nearby furniture, under a rug, or in your walls. It is also possible for bed bugs to bite you while you're watching television or sitting at your computer. Mattress covers should only be used as part of a multi-pronged bed bug control plan.

What Home Remedies Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?

There are many ways you can get rid of bed bugs.

  • If you put an item in the dryer for 30 minutes, it will kill bed bugs in all stages of development.

  • If you put an item in a plastic bag and stick it in a freezer for three days, you may be able to kill the bed bugs in it.

  • If you find bed bugs, you can suck them up with your vacuum and dispose of the bag outside.

We don't recommend using essential oils, diatomaceous earth, homemade sprays, or other commonly suggested natural treatment options. None of these are effective at arresting a bed bug infestation.

Does Heat Kill Bed Bugs?

When we get this question, what is often being asked isn't, "Does heat kill bed bugs?" but rather, "Can I kill bed bugs with heat?" It is very difficult to exterminate bed bugs with heat. Professionals use special heating units, heat sensors, industrial fans, and field-tested methods to prevent bed bugs from finding cold spots and evading treatments. If you attempt to kill bed bugs with heat, you're likely to spend money on heaters and not get the results you're looking for. It is much better to hire a licensed pest-management professional.

Merrimac Bed Bug Control

We hope we've helped you find some answers to the questions you have about bed bugs. If you're dealing with bed bugs in your Merrimac home or business and you want freedom from them, reach out to us here at Freedom Pest Control. We can get rid of those bugs for you.


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