Bed bug infestations continue to rise in the United States. As more people get these frustrating insects in their homes, public awareness continues to rise. By now, you may know some things about bed bugs that you had no idea about just a few years ago, like the fact that bed bugs don't just infest hotels and motels. They can be in a wide range of businesses. You may also know that bed bugs can get on people when they go to work. But do you really need to be concerned if you work in an office? Let's take a closer look.
Does your office have a bed?
This is the obvious place to start. If your office has a couch that you sometimes use as a bed, it is possible for bed bugs to use that piece of furniture to hide in and wait for a blood meal. But the circumstances have to be right. If bed bugs have been brought into your office and they have taken up residence in your office couch, they'll have a hard time getting a blood meal during the day. But, if you lay on the couch overnight, or lay on it in a dark room, those bed bugs can get a blood meal.
Does your office have dark rooms?
Bed bugs don't need a bed. Darkness is the prominent factor in whether or not these insects can infest your office space. If you work in a room that is dark, bed bugs can feed while you work. They administer anticoagulant into the bite wounds. This thins your blood and allows these insects to draw blood with little or no discomfort to you. When you leave the dark office, you may not even realize you were bitten until welts show up later. It can take twelve hours for bed bug bites to swell up and become noticeable. This may make you think you got those bites somewhere else besides work.
Do you store your belongings near the belongings of others?
If you work in a brightly lit office, you probably don't have to worry about being bitten by bed bugs while you're there, but you may be able to pick bed bugs up or bring bed bug eggs home with you if you store a bag near a coworker's bag. Bed bugs can pass from one item to the next. The likelihood is greater if the bags are in a dark locker. This is the case with any item that bed bugs can get into, such as clothes, duffel bags, boxes, book binders, electronics, and more. If an object has creases, gaps, holes, or a void inside, it can transport bed bugs. These insects like squeezing into tight spaces.
Things To Think About
- Bed bugs need darkness in order to come out and bite you. This is because they are sensitive to light.
- Bed bugs can bite you on a bed, couch, chair, or in a room that has no furniture at all.
- Bed bugs can bite you while you're awake.
- Bed bugs can be transported to work by anyone.
- Bed bugs can be transported inside a wide range of items.
- Bed bugs spread passively.
- Bed bug eggs don't need the mother in order to hatch.
- Bed bugs can live in any space, no matter how clean.
What To Do When You Find Bed Bugs
If you find bed bugs in your Dallas office, reach out to the bed bug experts at Bullseye K-9 Detection. We specialize in bed bug detection and discreet elimination. Our certified professionals utilize trained dogs to quickly and efficiently track down bed bugs in commercial environments. Dogs use their sense of smell to detect bed bugs in all stages of development; it is almost like x-ray vision. They do this quickly, with little or no disruption to workspaces. Their ability to work quickly makes them more cost effective than human inspectors. If you're dealing with a bed bug problem in your Dallas office, we can help you track those bugs down quickly and provide a solution to arrest the problem. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.