Bed bugs are tiny pests that can hide in your home’s crevices, voids, and other spaces that are usually out of sight. They have flat bodies that protect them from being smashed when run over by a host. While bed bugs prefer to hide, they tend to move out of their hiding spaces to feed when a host is nearby. However, they remain cautious of their actions, so they often wait until the middle of the night before they move towards a host for their much-needed blood meal.
Unlike flies, punaises de lit are not drawn to dirty and decayed organic matter found in filthy areas. These bugs are found anywhere that human blood available. Here’s how they can end up in your home:
Bed bugs can come into your home by hitching a ride on your luggage. If you have recently travelled and stayed in a hotel, motel, or other establishments where people come and go, you could have picked up bed bugs this way. They often make their home in beds, mattresses, and surrounding furniture. Whenever you travel, keep your suitcase off of the bed and seal your clothing inside it.
Second Hand Furniture
Bed bugs can be introduced to your home when you buy an infested furniture from a store. Also, rental furniture can be blamed if you rent it from a place where bed bugs are present. These bugs can survive for months without a blood meal, so isolating an infested piece of furniture is not enough to get rid of them.
If you live in a condominium, apartment, or townhouse, any pest issues your neighbor has may also become yours. Thus, if the people with whom you share a wall has a bed bug infestation, chances are that it will spread throughout your building. When this happens, make sure to speak with the building manager right away so they can contact professional exterminators to deal with the issue. Often, pest control experts will treat the entire building because an infestation may come back if your neighbors don’t have their problem resolved.
Aside from infesting places with beds, bed bugs also infest movie theatres, public transportation, and any other public places. In this case, it is harder to protect yourself. But, if you tend to introduce these bugs into your home, you must contact pest control experts as soon as possible. They know which treatment solution to use to successfully get rid of bed bugs and how to prevent a future infestation.