Visiting a friend, relative or business that has a bed bug infestation is considered somewhat of a taboo. There is a social stigma attached to bed bugs. People who have discovered bed bugs in their home feel like they should turn away guests, and potential guests are unwilling to associate with friends who have had bed bug problems until they are sure the issue has been resolved. Experts have studied the relationship between bed bugs and social isolation and determined there is a strong association.
But is complete avoidance necessary? Strictly speaking, no.
The chance of you bringing bed bugs home simply by walking into a bed bug infested home is very, very small. Bed bugs prefer to remain hidden unless they’re feeding, so the chance of them latching on to you during a quick visit is miniscule.
That said, avoidance is the only method that guarantees you won’t come into contact with bed bugs. Though avoidance is the only surefire method of avoiding bed bugs, there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself and prevent carting the nasty critters home.
Here are a few tips to avoid transferring bed bugs from one location to another:
- Don’t sit in once place for a long period of time.
Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. Carbon dioxide that is concentrated in one area is more likely to attract bed bugs. This helps bed bugs target us when we’re most sedentary.
- Avoid sitting in places where bed bugs might be hiding.
Couches and beds are common bed bug targets.
- Be vigilant when it comes to bed bug detection.
Check yourself visually when you leave. Bed bugs and bed bug eggs are large enough to be spotted by the naked eye. Read what to look for here.
- When you get home, wash clothes you were wearing on the hot cycle.
Heat is an instant bed bug killer. Heat also kills bed bugs eggs before they hatch.
- If you’re going somewhere where there may be bed bugs, carry as little as possible.
Bed bugs like to hitch rides on backpacks, briefcases and luggage. Carry only what you need. The less you carry, the fewer places there are for bed bugs to hide.
In conclusion, though visiting places known to have bed bug infestations is probably not a wise idea, there are ways to protect yourself if you find yourself in that unfortunate situation.
If you’re unsure if you’ve got bed bugs, call Magical Pest’s bed bug detection team to schedule a bed bug inspection. We’ll scour your home for bed bugs. If we detect bed bugs, we’ll devise an appropriate treatment plan. Call us at (905) 738-6676 or fill out our contact form.