If you’ve discovered bed bugs in your home recently, the first question you probably asked yourself was “Where did they come from?” Like with most types of pests, there’s no one way that a bed bug problem finds its way into your home.
Here are some of the possible culprits:
This is one of the most common ways that bed bugs spread. You go on vacation to a seemingly nice hotel or resort, only to unknowingly bring back some creepy crawlers as stowaways in your suitcase. Don’t think that just because you stayed at a 5-star resort it couldn’t happen, either. Bed bugs aren’t just for low-income areas. They’re not picky and will pop anywhere. If you’ve recently been on vacation or travelled for business, it might be the source of your bed bug problem.
Second Hand Furniture
Another common way that people find themselves with a bed bug infestation is when they take in second-hand furniture not knowing where it came from. That lovely looking couch sitting at the side of the road might look like a steal, but if you don’t know why it was tossed be wary. That great deal might turn into a bigger frustration when you find yourself stuck hiring a bed bug removal company to get rid of your unwanted house guests.
If you live in an apartment, condo or joint building, it’s possible you contracted your bed bug infestation because the pests have taken over your neighbours’ homes. Because bed bugs migrate through walls and carpets, they are often a major problem in multi-unit dwellings, and can be difficult for landlords to eliminate. If you suspect your building is hosting bed bugs, call your land lord immediately. According to Toronto law, it is the land lord’s responsibility to hire a bed bug removal company to get rid of the problem. If you live in a single-family home, it’s far less likely that you got bed bugs from your neighbours. While not entirely impossible, you’re probably better off considering other possible sources first.
If you’ve recently had guests in your home, particularly overnight quests that brought luggage, it’s possible they unwittingly brought along some bed bug stowaways.
Second Hand Clothes
There’s nothing wrong with a little thrift shopping! Just make sure that you check the seams of the clothing carefully for signs of bed bugs before you make a purchase. Though this method isn’t one of the most common ways to find yourself with a bed bug infestation, you’re better safe than sorry.
In rare cases bed bug problems have been found in public spaces like libraries, public schools and transit systems. When this happens, it’s possible to bring home bed bugs, though not likely. Bed bugs don’t live on people, and rarely migrate during the daytime hours, so unless you’re bringing object home that might have been infested (such as library books, clothing or other items that were in the space for a duration of time) you’re probably safe from these annoying pests.
Need help eliminating a bed bug infestation? Call a Toronto bed bug removal company that knows what they’re doing! Magical Pest Control has years of experience eliminating bed bug problems. We’ll help you get to the root of the issue and find the best treatment for your home. Call us at (905) 738-6676 to schedule a consultation.