You might not notice bed bugs at first, but once you get them in your home, it is extremely challenging to stop them from spreading. They’re a real issue to get rid of on your own, and can actually cause health problems like anemia or insomnia, not to mention issues with your skin.
You might be shocked by their presence in your home since you might think you have been keeping your house rather clean, so how exactly did they get into your home? It might surprise you, but your home’s cleanliness has nothing to do with it.
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Origins of Bed Bugs
A bed bug is a parasitic insect that feeds on blood, usually human blood, but they may also go for your animals. They require blood to reproduce and can even go for a year without a meal. But once they have that blood, a female can lay up to 200 eggs at once.
These little bugs don’t fly or jump and aren’t actually attracted to a dirty home or any food waste. They really do only want your blood and are very persistent about it. Pesticides have been developed to deal with them, but unfortunately, they always seem to find a way into homes.
What Attracted Bed Bugs To My Home?
Unfortunately, bed bugs are quite common throughout history. In the past fifty or so years, a few things have increased the movement of bed bugs. This includes increased international travel, more people buying second-hand furniture, changes in pest control in hotels, and even how bed bugs can sometimes resist traditional pesticides.
These tiny bugs are masters at hitching a ride on anything you might have with you. They can find their way into your luggage, clothing, a suitcase, or even animal fur or skin. And they often find you in hotels and other areas where people stay during travel.
They aren’t easy to see either. They’re so small that you probably won’t notice them in a little dark hole or tiny seam in your suitcase, and by that point, they’ve already traveled with you to your home.
Where Can I Get Them From?
Realistically, you can get bed bugs from pretty much anywhere. They can be found in most public spaces, including areas like offices, daycares, airports, homes, nursing homes, libraries, retail stores, and hotels. Don’t forget about transportation like cars, buses, taxis, or trains.
This means that you can easily transport these bugs home with you without even noticing or knowing where exactly you got them from.
How Can I Prevent Bed Bugs?
You might not be able to completely prevent bed bugs from infesting your home, but you can do a few things to make sure that you’re less likely to deal with them.
This includes doing a quick inspection of any hotel you stay at, just to ensure there are no obvious signs of bugs. You should also inspect your items when you arrive home from travel, and don’t dump your clothing out on the floor. Wash everything on high heat first to kill off any bugs before they get the chance to infest your home.
How Can I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of bed bugs on your own. You need to call a professional like us to help you eliminate them with our industrial, state-of-the-art equipment. At Drake, we guarantee to eliminate your problem for at least 30 days and will return to provide any additional re-treatments within 30 days from the initial service.
Bed bugs have been in existence for centuries, so you’re definitely not the first to be asking yourself how they got into your home. You might never know exactly how you picked them up, but you can do a few small things to prevent them from spreading. No matter what, make sure that you call us as soon as possible to clear them out properly.