Have you been waking up in the morning with new bites on your skin when you have no recollection of being bitten? Are you seeing tiny reddish-brown stains on your sheets or mattress, with no idea where they've come from? If the answer to these questions is yes, there’s a good chance you may have a bed bug infestation in your home.
Bed bugs are something that no one hopes to encounter. Although they aren’t technically dangerous, they are certainly annoying. They show up unannounced, bite you while you’re sleeping, and are nearly impossible to remove from your home. Unfortunately, bed bug infestations are more common today than in previous years. Fact of the matter is, you may have an infestation in your home with no clue how it got there.
There are several different ways that bed bugs may come into your home. For one, they are notorious hitchhikers. If you have recently stayed in a hotel or even at a friend or family members home, you could have brought their bed bug problem home with you. These little pests crawl into luggage, snuggle up in your laundry, or may even hitch a ride on the outer parts of your bags or clothing. This is why it’s incredibly important to carefully inspect each and every article that comes into your home for bed bugs, and to wash and dry every piece of clothing on the hottest setting to kill off any bugs that have made the trip with you.
Another common method of entry for bed bugs is through new items that come into your home. This is especially true for secondhand items. That vintage couch that you think is so amazing could potentially be harboring a hefty bed bug infestation. Even a rocking chair or nightstand can hold an infestation in the crevices of the wood. Any time you bring a new or “new to you” item into your home, do a thorough inspection for bed bug signs.
Yet another way in which you may have acquired your bed bug infestation is via your neighbors. If you live in a space with shared walls, whatever pest problem your neighbors have will likely become your own. This is especially problematic with pests such as bed bugs, who can move quickly from one space to another. If you have a new infestation and can’t think of any other way that you may have possibly gotten a bed bug infestation, you may want to reach out to your neighbors or your landlord. The best way to treat the infestation in this case is to treat the entire building at once. If you only treat your apartment, then the odds of the infestation coming back are very high.
Bed bugs are sneaky little critters that can find their way in through a variety of methods. Narrowing it down to the root cause may not be easy, but it also isn’t always necessary. Even if you don’t know where your infestation originated, the most important thing to know is how to treat it. Your first step should be reaching out to a professional pest control company in your area that specializes in bed bug extermination. These technicians will know the best way to positively identify and then eradicate a bed bug infestation. Taking the DIY approach in this case is not recommended, as bed bugs can be incredibly stubborn and difficult to remove. If you have an infestation on your hands, reach out to your local pest control company at once.