There are many misconceptions when it comes to bed bug infestations. One of the most noteworthy is linked to the name of these bugs. While bed bugs certainly establish themselves in and around beds, this is far from the only place they can be found. It is also important to understand that they don't just feed on people when they are in bed. A bed bug can get a blood meal from you when you're fully awake. These and other misconceptions can put you at risk of a bed bug infestation. Let's take a look at how bed bugs spread from one location to another and discuss a few tips for preventing this.
Bed bugs don't choose to infest your Dallas business. It happens by accident. They get into objects that can be transported and they are carried into your business. They can be brought in by customers, employees, and even you.
Furniture — A bed bug will hide in a piece of furniture. If you purchase used furniture for your business, you can acquire a bed bug infestation. Obviously, beds are a prime location for bed bugs to hide, but they can also be hiding in couches, love seats, Barca loungers, nightstands, dressers, office chairs, and more. Bed bugs hide in voids and tight spaces. If a furniture item has voids, cracks, or gaps, these insects can be tucked into them.
Electronics — Bed bugs hide in electronics. They can be inside an alarm clock, radio, or even a computer. If you purchased used electronics for your business, bed bugs can be hiding inside.
Bags — Bed bugs hide in pocketbooks, duffel bags, book bags, luggage, and more. These items can be brought into your Dallas business frequently. If a customer or employee has an infestation in their home, they can accidentally expose your business to it.
Clothing — Bed bugs can climb into pockets and hide in tight seams. That means that anyone can walk into your business with bed bugs—even you. Bed bugs can be picked up in a taxi cab, bus, train, plane, and other forms of public transportation. You can pick them up when you sit in any dark space.
How Bed Bugs Infest
When a bed bug is carried into your Dallas business, it won't necessarily be able to start an infestation. It requires certain conditions in order to reproduce. Bed bugs will not thrive in well-lit areas or where people stand. They will try to find dark spaces where people are sitting, lounging, or lying down. But a bed bug doesn't have to infest your business to create a problem for you. When a bed bug is found in your business, it can cause customers and employees to be alarmed. It is vital that you have a plan to address concerns quickly and share valuable information about how bed bugs are passively spread. This plan may include employee prevention education. Your employees are your frontline defense against bed bugs, and the fear that customers can have concerning these insects can be harmful to your reputation if bed bugs are spotted.
Bed Bug Prevention
These insects are hard to prevent because they don't come into your business from the property around your business. If you currently have a pest control plan, your perimeter treatments won't keep these pests out. The only prevention plan that is effective for stopping bed bug infestations is routine bed bug inspections. These can be performed by licensed pest professionals, but the best method is K9 detection. Dogs that are trained to locate bed bugs can move quickly through business spaces with little or no disturbance to objects in each room, and they have a higher success rate than human technicians.
Bed Bug Control In Dallas
If you're dealing with a bed bug infestation in your Dallas business, or you want to prevent bed bugs from becoming a threat, contact the bed bug experts at Bullseye K9 Detection. We use the most advanced strategies for locating and eliminating bed bugs. We specialize in bed bug control and prevention. Don't settle for anything less when it comes to protecting your business from the threat bed bugs can pose. Reach out to us today to schedule a service visit.