How Do Bed Bugs Spread?
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are great at hitchhiking. They stow away in luggage, clothing, and other fabric items to travel from one area to another. Cleanliness is not a factor in the spread of these pests. Bed bugs multiply rapidly and are hard to remove once they’ve taken hold.
One way that bed bugs spread is through used or secondhand items, clothing and furniture. Borrowed items or a chair from the thrift stores may contain these bothersome pests. Apartments and condos are also prone to bed bugs that spread from unit to unit in the building. Once inside the home, bed bug infestations spread quickly.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs During Travel?
Hotel rooms, airplane or bus seats, and even rental cars have plenty of places for bed bugs to hide. The following tips can keep returning travelers free from any unwanted insect souvenirs:
- Avoid using personal pillows – Using a pillow from home gives bed bugs an easy place to hitch a ride.
- Use hard cased plastic suitcases or luggage – The pests aren’t as attracted to plastic as they are to fabric. A light coloured suitcase also makes bed bugs easier to spot.
- Inspect hotel rooms – Pay special attention to closets as well as seams on furniture, mattresses, and sheets.
- Clean items upon return – Wash clothes in hot water and check belongings carefully for hidden insects to prevent bed bugs from spreading.
Bed Bug Removal
Capable of surviving a year without food and laying an average of 3 eggs per day, these pests are not a problem that disappears on its own. Given how easily bed bugs spread, early detection is key. In the event of an infestation, Orkin Canada’s bed bug specialists can handle these nuisance insects.