Encountering a bed bug infestation is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, the people at the highest risk for a bed bug infestation are jetsetters who travel a lot! Travelling is the number one way people contract a bed bug infestation. The more places you go, the more you travel, and the more often neighbours move in and out of your area, the more likely there will be an encounter with bed bugs.
Bed bugs thrive in environments where people live, eat and travel close together. They are hardy insects and once they are snug within a home, they can easily travel from one residence to another— or even in your suitcase from country to country. All they need is someone to bite — and that means us
It’s a Myth Bed Bugs Come From Unclean Homes
Once you have found that you are living with a bed bug infestation, it’s best to get the word out right away and sideline any embarrassment. Bed bug infestations have been associated with uncleanliness, but this is categorically untrue. Unlike cockroaches, which are attracted to damp, dank or dirty places, bed bugs can invade any home at any time as long as there are people to feed on.
Bed bugs can hide in any protected area, and are particularly upholstered or fabric-covered furniture. That means they can be found in rugs, blankets, clothing, books or in cracks in floors and walls. Because apartments and condos share entrances, laundry facilities, garbage disposal areas or conduits for electrical wires can also be ways for bed bugs to travel easily from home to home.
Be Aware of The Signs of Bed Bugs
Checking in and around beds, blankets and mattresses, especially in seams can reveal if there are beg bugs in your home. Also check for signs of blood on your sheets or where your pet sleeps. If you don’t see any outward signs, but still suspect you have bed bugs, be aware that detecting physical signs of bed bugs during the day is often difficult. You may need to rely on professional bed bug removal to determine once and for all if you have a bed bug infestation.
Turn an Awkward Situation Positive
Letting nearby neighbours know there are bed bugs around is the first big step to getting rid of them. Telling people about bed bugs is similar to a public school checking children for lice and reporting on an infestation in order for people to take control of the problem in their own homes. Think of it as your civic duty to let your friends and neighbours know there needs to be a bed bug removal plan.
Getting the Word Out
You are unlikely to be the source of the problem, but making others aware there may be a bed bug infestation in the area, particularly if you’re in a condo, helps everyone determine the source of the problem and encourages them to take positive steps to get rid of the bugs once and for all. Bed bug removal is a big problem that will only get worse if no action is taken. Don’t think ignoring it will make it go away. The sooner a professionals bed bug removal team is called in, the better.
Need help with Pest Control or Extermination? Magical Pest Control is based in Toronto, but services Southern Ontario, from Niagara Falls to Ottawa. If you have a problem with bed bugs in your area please contact us.