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How Do You Get Bed Bugs:

Knowing The Risk Factors And Knowing How To Avoid Them

How do you get bed bugs is a question that many have asked from time to time. With the current resurgence of this parasitic insect, mostly within developed countries, there are truly many possibilities. How big are these Bed Bugs? As you can see in this picture below, they’re really small bugs.getting bed bugs

“Below are the area’s covered in this article.”

  • International Traveling
  • Multiple-Unit Resident Buildings
  • Acquiring Second-hand Furniture
  • Family Pet Hygiene
  • Reduction In Pest Control Prevention

How Do You Get Bed Bugs

  • International Travel Abroad

Many are traveling around the world today, some from continent to continent and bringing back with them unknown insects. Some of the places and stops along the way where you travel to, may not be as well kept as your very own home, or vise-versa.

So it is very import to pay attention to the cab you flag down, or even the 5-Star hotel (Yes, even the hotels may have bed bugs) where you are staying for your long overdue vacation? The previous occupant may have left a friend behind unknowingly, and you’ve become their next victim?

Before unpacking your luggage, check around your hotel room for any sign of bedbugs. Check the mattress and box spring for any possible signs, as well as the bed’s headboard, especially if it is made from wood based material? Bed bugs are very good at hiding the holes and cracks of the wood fiber.

Keep your suitcase closed when you do not need to access it. Also keep your small clothing items in a zipped like bag, container, anything that would prevent bugs from entering. Some travels bring with them their very own Packtite Portable Heating unit, which you plug-in to your hotels room outlet. It attracts the bed bugs and kills them, usually before they have a chance to gather access to your belongings.

  • Multiple-Unit Resident Buildings

If you happen to live in a Multiple-Apartment building, Resident “Dorm” type building, Condominiums, pretty much wherever you have many people living in close proximity, you will be increasing the chance of getting bed bugs.

Look for openings under doors, cracks between window jams, linked cables; piping systems are all risk factors. Bedbugs can easily crawl over, under and through to get to you! Make sure you have no openings under your sinks, or around the pipes coming out of the walls.

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Even a visit from your next store neighbor, unknowingly could be transporting a bedbug into your unit. Be careful as well when visiting your neighbor’s home, they may have bedbugs and not know it. While visiting, a bed bug could easily attach it’s self to your pants leg and when you return home, it hops off onto your bed.

One preventive method is to encase your mattress and box spring, as well as your pillow. By preventing the bedbugs a place to live, you are basically telling them to find another place to live, they’re unwanted. If you have a headboard, remove it from your unit as well. Not giving them a chance to plant themselves is one of the best measures you could take!

 

How Do You Get Bed Bugs

  • Acquiring Second-hand Furniture

On your way home, you see such an exquisite piece of furniture in the window of a second-hand store. Thinking that it sure would look perfect sitting in your home, you may want to take a closer look before purchasing it, same for the furniture being sold in a local garage sale. Alright, maybe you can pick it up for next to nothing, and it may be a little damaged, but you see the potential and how it can be polished into a gem!

Or better yet, one of your buddies is giving away his sofa for free, unknowingly infested with bed bugs. Be very careful wherever someone wants to give you their furniture. You have no idea if bed bugs are residing in the cracks and crevices of that furniture.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs

Inspecting and checking the furniture may not be enough to ascertain if the furniture is safe. Larvae and eggs may be hiding deep inside the fabric. The piece of furniture might be home to hundreds or even thousands of blood-sucking bed bugs!

Bed bugs can live up to 12 months without a feeding. So even if the piece of furniture was sitting in your neighbor’s home for 5 months without a problem (your neighbor may not tell you that they have a bedbug issue), they can still be alive and well, waiting for their next victim.

  • Family Pet Hygiene

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Another possibility on how do you get bed bugs is your family pet, especially if you allow your pet to live in your home? You take your family dog for a walk one day and he runs over to a discarded mattress. As he is sniffing the mattress a bed bug hops onto him and hides in his fur, unknowingly to you.

When you return home with your pet, the bed bug hops off into his new digs, your home! 30 days later, or sooner, you have a bed bug infestation, and you’re wondering why you and your dog are constantly itching and these red bumps from bug bites, which are appearing on your body.

Animals are great carriers of bugs and insects, directly delivering them into your home. Make sure your pet is well protected from flees, bugs and insects. Purchase a bug resistant collar for your family pet, it will not only help your house pet, but will give you piece of mind as well.

  • Reduction In Pest Control Prevention

If you’re renting in a multiple-unit complex, the landlord could be curtailing their efforts in eradicating of these pests. In situations like this, there are variable numbers of possibilities with bugs, pests, and rodents constantly on the search for new territory!

You should inquire with your landlord and/or the owner of your building about their current “Pest Control Program”, making sure that the eradicating of insects such as cock roaches, ants, silver fish, bed bugs (especially if you live in a damp place of the country) are being controlled on a continued basis.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs

In helping to keep bed bugs out of your own dwelling, you could also take a pro-active stands by safe-guarding your home. There are bed bug sprays and products which can be purchased by the consumer to help eradicate bedbugs and other insects from your home. Baking soda and water will not work against bed bugs, but a better deterrent would be to use food grade diatomaceous earth. This will dehydrate the bedbug from the inside-out, killing them!

The next time you think you may have Cimex lectularius (bed bugs) you will have a greater understanding on how do you get bed bugs in your home.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs

 
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