It’s a common misconception that bed bugs prefer urban climates.
Bed bugs are not particular about whether they live in an urban or rural area. Bed bugs will exist anywhere that they have access to a mammal, and therefore a blood source. They prefer humans because our lack of fur makes us easy targets. However, when pressed, bed bugs bite any warm-blooded creature.
The reason that bed bugs have become known as the scourge of urban centres is simply that they migrate more easily in urban settings. Urban areas have numerous places where humans interact with one another and many dwellings in close proximity to one another. Apartments and condos are especially susceptible. The close proximity of units makes it easier for bed bugs to crawl from one to the next, spreading the bed bug infestations amongst a greater number of people. This makes bed bug treatments much more complicated, as all the people living in a building have to coordinate to kill bed bugs.
Rural areas tend to be more isolated, with houses further apart. This makes the risk of rural residents falling victim to migrating bed bugs less likely. However, that doesn’t mean that people who live in rural areas are immune to developing a bed bug infestation. There are other ways that bed bugs can find their way into your house.
Travelling is a well-documented way to bring a bed bug infestation home. Bed bugs will crawl into your luggage while you’re on vacation, then sneak out to settle in your house once you get back home. This is just as likely to happen to people who live in rural areas as people who live in urban areas. With a blood source – that’s you! – bed bugs thrive in any climate. If you’re planning to travel remember to consult our travel guide to avoid bringing the nasty critters home as a souvenir.
Also, when entering the home of someone who has a bed bug infestation, you run the risk of unintentionally bringing them home with you, no matter where you live.
If you’ve discovered signs you may have bed bugs, such as bed bug bites, call Magical Pest Control. Whether you live in an urban or a rural area, we’re happy to send out a technician to administer bed bug treatments. Contact us at (905) 738-6676 for a free consultation over the phone or use our contact form to book your bed bug inspection.