Bed bugs are far more common than you probably give them credit for. These tiny parasites are good at spreading from property to property, and it’s easy to not even realize you have an infestation before a population has grown out of control. Learn how to spot the early signs and avoid an invasion so you don’t have to suffer their itchy bites or the damage to your business's reputation that an infestation can bring.
How To Get Bed Bugs
It’s a misconception that bed bugs only infest mattresses and bedding. In fact, bed bugs can infest a wide range of items, including clothing and furniture. Not only that, bed bugs aren’t just a problem in dirty homes or businesses. Perhaps more than any other pest, bed bugs are able to contaminate and spread in order to survive. They get around a lot for such tiny pests and it’s because they let people and pets do the walking for them. They cling to hair, clothes and skin to get from place to place, which is how they can easily infest human properties — even those without beds or that might be impeccably clean. Bed bugs are looking for two things only, food and shelter. If they can find a place to nest that’s not far from a meal, they will thrive.
Where Bed Bugs Linger
Because bed bugs spread from place to place, it’s important to know where to watch out for them and how to avoid bringing them back to your business. Here are some well-known types of bed bug hotspots:
- Hotels: As a place that’s got tons of stored beds and linens, hotels are a prime target for bed bugs.
- Hospitals: Not only do hospitals have ample bedding and fabrics to infest, they are also an area where people come from all over and gather. This function allows for all kinds of pests to be dragged in from outside.
- Transportation hubs: Bus stations and airports are another area where contaminated people and items converge and then disperse, spreading bed bugs far and wide.
- Schools: Just like transportation centers, schools are areas where dozens of vehicles and hundreds of people pass in and out every day. That’s a lot of opportunities for bed bugs to spread.
Avoiding Contaminated Items
The other way people encounter bed bugs is through infested items. Whether you’re purchasing used items, especially furniture and clothing, or your receiving a package that’s traveled for weeks on end, it’s important to be diligent in inspecting for bed bugs before you bring them back to your property. Here’s what to watch for:
- Bugs: Bed bugs themselves are incredibly small and tough to see. They are reddish brown in color, though, making them easier to spot on light-colored fabrics.
- Stains: Blood stains left behind from feedings or yellowed stains from bed bug breeding are also things to avoid.
- Eggs: Bed bugs are good at hiding their eggs, which is why you should check thoroughly for bed bugs or their flakey, pepper-like eggs.
True Prevention From Bullseye K9 Detection
Because bed bugs are so easy to pick up and so hard to eliminate, the only way to truly stay protected from an infestation is by turning to your local pest professionals. At Bullseye K9 Detection, our inspections will root out bed bugs or make sure an infestation isn't already forming. If an infestation is found, we’ll get started right away on effective and thorough elimination, ensuring every bug and egg are addressed. Only these methods provide guarantees, so instead of wasting time with unproven solutions, turn straight to the experts at Bullseye K9 Detection.
Avoid biting bed bugs by getting started on total control with Bullseye K9 Detection today.