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What Causes Bed Bugs?

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Bed bugs are a nuisance to anyone who has experienced them. As they often go undetected until an infestation is noticed, they are challenging to completely eradicate from a dwelling. To prevent bed bugs from encroaching on your living space, it’s important to understand where these pesky insects come from in the first place. In this article, we will identify the common sources of bed bugs. If and when you experience an infestation, call your local and trusted bed bugs exterminator right away to chemically treat and remove them.

International Travel

While international travel is currently minimized due to the pandemic, it’s only a matter of time until you can finally take that long-awaited vacation. International travel, while exciting, is deemed as one of largest contributors for bed bugs. These insects have resurfaced over the last decade as global travel has increased tenfold. A lack of awareness or a lackadaisical attitude of “I won’t get bed bugs” are also critical factors.

With access to so many airports, hotels, air bnb’s, buses, trains, and the like, there is an increased chance to encounter bed bugs and bring them home. This provides plenty of opportunity for bed bugs to hitchhike across town or the globe and make themselves at home in your luggage, clothing, or even on your skin without your knowledge.

It’s also important to note that a clean stay during travel doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot get bed bugs. Unlike flies and other bugs, bed bugs are not attracted to decay. Instead, these bugs thrive in any area where their food source is prominent- human blood. So, while a posh resort or swanky hotel might seem like a safe bet, you’re not immune to bed bugs in these prime locations.

Second-Hand & Rented Furniture

It’s become more trendy over the last few years to buy vintage, second-hand goods. It’s all too common for a piece of furniture riddled with bed bugs to cause an infestation in the home or business it’s brought into.

Similarly, rented furniture that was not adequately inspected can lead to bed bug infestations. Even when these items go unused for months, bed bugs can still survive.

Other Risky Sources

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following locations are also considered high-risk places of encountering bed bugs:

● Apartment complexes
● Dorm rooms
● Homeless shelters
● Hotels
● Cruise ships
● Trains and buses
● Refugee camps

Because of their hardy nature and how easily they can be acquired, it’s important to be mindful and aware of how to eliminate them. If you’ve noticed unsightly red bumps on your skin, stains on your sheets, or have seen a live bed bug, don’t wait to contact your local bed bug pest control specialist. Keep in mind that these bugs do not respond to typical pesticides, and are harder to kill.

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