Once bed bugs are in your house, you want to eliminate them. But as you’re battling them with our natural bed bug treatment (and winning!), you also want to take the time to do a “post-mortem” of the situation to do whatever you can to make sure it never happens again.
That means finding out the most common ways bed bugs get into your house and doing what you can to avoid making the same mistakes again.
Here are three of the most common ways they get in:
You Bring Them In
The most common way bed bugs get into most houses is after someone has been to a hotel. They love to hide when they’re not feasting on a sleeping person, which means they’ll hide anywhere they can: under the mattress is a common one, but if the suitcase is close by, they’ll duck in there for a nap.
How do you avoid this? First of all, see if there are any indications of bed bugs with a bed bug detection light. If there are, inform the front desk and request another room far from the first. Repeat as necessary, up to and including leaving the hotel.
Even if there’s no indication of bed bugs, it’s still a good idea to go ahead and make use of a travel spray. The 3oz bottle (which you can take on carry-on luggage) kills bed bugs and helps to prevent any that might track in afterward.
Also, don’t put your suitcase on the bed until the coast is clear. It might also be a good idea to invest in some luggage covers that can ensure the bed bugs don’t get into your luggage in the first place.
Remember, they’re not just crawling directly into the body of your suitcase but get into the seams and crevices. If you’re not using luggage covers, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to spray your luggage with travel spray as you leave the hotel.
1 in 5 Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.
(National Pest Management Association)
Watch Out For Short-Term Guests
Unfortunately, you have to worry about more than just the overnight guests.
Bed bugs love to hide, meaning they'll head for just about any place that will give them cover during the day. That might be the nearest sofa, chair, rug, or bed frame in view. All it takes is one clinging from your friend's backpack to let the infestation begin.
Once they drop said backpack onto your floor, the transfer of bed bugs is complete, and you'd better hope it's not a pregnant female. This can happen with any guest you have, whether a great friend stopping by for the afternoon or your lawyer bringing papers in their suitcase that he recently took on a business trip.
What can you do to protect yourself in such situations? First of all, keep people away from your bed. It should be the place you escape to, not a place to drop coats during a party.
Second, spray some bed bug spray across the doorsill of each bedroom door, or sprinkle some insect control dust there. Even if the bed bugs find their way from your living room or dining room to a bedroom, they won't be able to cross that line.
Do you know what one of the worst parts of the entire situation is? Due to the nature of the bed bug life cycle, the most likely bed bug to travel is a pregnant one!
So there you go, the most common ways that people get bed bugs into their homes. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so do what you can to kill those bed bugs at the hotel before you even pick them up. And if they do make it to your home, exterminate them with extreme prejudice with an all-in-one bed bug eradication kit!
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