There is a common misconception that bed bugs only infest dirty homes. While more and more Merrimac residents are learning that this is not the case, it is still difficult to break free of long-held myths. Today, we're going to break down why, exactly, bed bugs are not found only in dirty homes. Understanding this can help you prevent a bed bug infestation.

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Bed Bugs Don't Choose You

The home you live in has nothing to do with whether or not you'll have a bed bug infestation. It doesn't matter if it is dirty or clean. Bed bugs don't decide to live with you. They are carried into your home from another location by accident. These bugs, or their eggs, can be brought into your home if you, or someone else, has been to a bed bug-infested location. When they arrive at your Merrimac residence, they're going to do what they did in the last structure they were infesting. They'll seek out humans to feed on and hiding places to congregate. At this point, it matters whether your home is dirty or clean because an uncluttered and clean residence can help with bed bug detection. Bed bugs leave warning signs such as black feces and shed skins. These warning signs, along with the movement of bed bugs from one area to another, are more easily detected in an uncluttered and clean environment. But, keeping your home clean will have no impact on whether or not you'll acquire an infestation. Do you see how it works?

Bed Bugs Are Indoor Pests

Why don't bed bugs come inside from the outside of your home? Why are they only hitchhiking pests? The insect we call the bed bug, known scientifically known as Cimex lectularius, is not an outdoor bug. It lives almost exclusively indoors, with humans. When you find bed bugs in your home, it is not because they were outside and found their way inside. Therefore, applying pest control to the exterior of your home is not going to keep these insects out. Keep this in mind if you have invested in residential pest control. The appearance of bed bugs does not mean your perimeter protection is failing.

How Bed Bugs Spread

Okay. Now that you know that bed bugs are carried into your home and that they're not going to come into your home from the outside, let's get into the specifics of how they spread. Some of these may surprise you.

  • You can bring bed bugs into your home. When you go on vacation and spend the night somewhere, these insects can get into your stuff or lay their eggs in your stuff.

  • You can bring bed bugs home any day of the week. They can climb into your clothing, pocketbook, book bag, duffel bag, or some other objects and hitch a ride with you—even during the day. You are at greater risk if you spend the night somewhere.

  • Your kids can bring bed bugs home from school, a friend's house, or any number of public locations they visit.

  • Extended family members or friends can bring bed bugs to your home with them. A bed bug infestation can go undetected for months. Your extended family members or friends can have an infestation and not know it.

  • You can purchase a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs hiding in a mattress, box spring, bed frame, chair, couch, clock, computer, and other items containing voids can be brought into your home when you purchase these items second-hand.

  • If you live in an apartment complex or a multi-family home, you can get bed bugs by having them hitchhike into your home. Bed bugs hide inside voids. The voids they inhabit are often found in furniture, luggage, and other objects, but they can also inhabit the voids inside your walls. This propensity can lead bed bugs to spread from one residence to another.

Bed Bug Prevention

It is difficult to prevent a bed bug infestation because of the many ways they can be carried into your home, but you are not without options. Here are a few of our best tips for preventing a bed bug infestation in Merrimac.

  • When you're out and about, don't place carriable items on the floor, and refrain from setting them next to the items of other people.

  • Avoid sitting on upholstered furniture. While bed bugs can be in the crevices and cracks of hardwood furniture, it is easier for them to get into your clothes if they're in upholstered furniture.

  • Learn the signs of bed bug infestation and teach these signs to your kids, such as the appearance of black feces, shed skins, dried bloodstains, and the unpleasant aroma of bed bugs.

  • Put clothing (and other items) through a 30-minute dryer cycle when returning from a trip.

Bed Bug Control In Merrimac

If your home becomes infested with bed bugs, remember that the service team at Freedom Pest Control is always available to help you resolve your pest control issues. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.

 

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