Unfortunately, bed bug problems can occur just about anywhere that humans spend a lot of time. Bed bugs have been found in the furniture at movie theatres, hotel rooms, schools and offices, and plenty of other unexpected spaces! And yes, they’ve been found in cars too. If you suspect your car might be the source of a bed bug infestation, deal with it immediately to avoid the situation worsening.
How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Cars?
They can travel from one spot to another by many means. Clinging on to their host’s belongings is the most common method of travel for bed bugs. Though bed bugs don’t live on humans, they can hide in the seams of your clothing, purses or briefcases, among other things that you might bring into your car.
Since we often bring these belongings from our home to our car and vice versa, it’s possible for bed bugs to make the transition with us. That’s why it’s important to be extremely careful what you bring where when you know you have a bed bug infestation in your home. It’s possible to bring bed bugs with you wherever you go, whether that’s a theatre, your office, or your car.
Bed Bug Treatments For Your Car
Once bed bugs get into your car, it can be difficult to remove them. They start multiplying rapidly, and can be transferred to other places you visit. If you believe you have a bed bug infestation in your car, it’s safest to refrain from driving it until the problem is handled. There are many safe and effective bed bug treatments that can be used to solve the issue.
If you discover a bed bug problem in your car, follow these steps.
- Perform a
bed bug inspection to determine if there’s cause for concern.
- Once a bed bug problem is discovered, clean your car out thoroughly. Remove the floor mats and any belongings stored in your car. Launder anything that is washable.
- A DIY bed bug heat treatment is the best option to rid your car of the pests. To do this, simply park your car in direct sunlight for 4 hours. Make sure all doors and windows are closed. The temperatures in your car should rise to in excess of 113 degrees, killing bed bugs inside. (This may not work in cooler months.)
- If your DIY bed bug heat treatment is not successful, it’s recommended that you hire a professional bed bug extermination company to handle your bed bug problem.
A pest control company has access to the most effective bed bug treatments and has the knowledge and experience with bed bug removal to kill the bed bugs in your car.