If you want to live in a safe place you ought to know how to check for bed bugs infestations so you can plan on preventing them.
These little bugs can become a serious problem if you allow them to infest your house. They are hunters and their favourite meal is a human’s blood.
Are you scared? Don’t worry. Although they can be irritating, you can prevent infestations or battle them safely and successfully.
Where do bed bug infestations come from?
It seems that bed bugs come from nowhere. They are travelers.
They don’t need a ticket on a bus or train, because they travel for free in clothing, luggage, or other items. Infestations often occur in hotels, motels, and apartments, where the turnover of occupants is high.
Bed bugs are small which makes it hard to detect them. After crawling into one’s suitcases, boxes and belongings, they can move into new locations and spread their empire.
Purchasing secondhand beds, couches, and furniture you compromise your security, because it’s another method to travel used by bed bugs. Thus they are transported into previously non-infested dwellings.
Once bed bugs find themselves in a building, they often spread throughout it. They can travel from room to room or floor to floor either by crawling or via a person.
The quality of cleaning has little to do with most infestations. There are a lot of hiding places and an abundance of warm-blooded hosts in hotels and apartments.
Thus, they are almost as vulnerable to infestation as places without the benefit of regular cleaning.
How can I prevent infestations?
There are a lot of them in rooms where people sleep, and they generally hide nearest the bed. This is why they are called bed bugs.
They are most active in the middle of the night. You will need a powerful flashlight to detect the enemy.
But sometimes you can see them even during the day, especially when they are hungry, and venture out to seek a host. Their favoured hiding places include the bed frame, mattress and box spring. Mess and clutter in the room offer additional sites for these bugs to hide.
When you move to a new place carefully search for signs of bed bugs. Inspect the bed frame, mattress, and other furniture for signs of the bugs and their eggs.
Holes, where pipes and wires penetrate walls and floor, are other open doors for infestation. Immediately seal all holes and fill cracks around baseboards. Inspect things or clothes that are brought from a potentially contaminated place. Look out for bed bugs or their traces, like fecal spots and nests.
The incidence of bed bugs in the United States is increasing to the point where watchfulness by all is a necessary practice. Awareness can help you avoid an infestation, or at least make the chances of an earlier intervention by a professional more likely.