Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs This Spring


searching a maryland home for bed bugs

There is a lot of advice on the web. While that advice is mostly well intentioned, it often falls short, especially when it comes to tips on avoiding bed bugs. One of the reasons they fall short is that bed bugs are not ordinary bugs. These tiny insects have natural instincts that have helped them live almost exclusively with humans since the dawn of time. These instincts guide them in how they feed, how they breed, and how they spread from one location to another but, most importantly, they help them to avoid being killed by very unhappy humans. In this article, we're going to focus on the way bed bugs spread.

If you think the only way you can get bed bugs is by staying in a motel or hotel, you're in for a shock. Bed bug infestations have been found in retail stores, daycares, police call centers, libraries, movies theaters, assisted living centers… The list goes on and on and on.

Ways You Can Get Bed Bugs

  • If your college-age kid comes home for the holidays.
  • If your parent or grandparent comes to visit from a nursing home.
  • If you have friends stay at your home from out of state.
  • If you have friends stay at your home from across the street.
  • If you take a ride in a taxi cab.
  • If you check a book out at the library.
  • If you buy a piece of used furniture or acquire furniture from the side of the road.
  • If you go to work.
  • If you visit someone.
  • If your child brings them home from school.

How To Protect Yourself From Bed Bugs

Do you see the point we're making? Every time someone leaves your home and comes back in, it is possible for bed bugs to spread to your home. These are tiny bugs that are found in many places. And the two primary ways they spread are by hitchhiking or laying eggs in objects we transport. 

  • Inspect for tiny white eggs in the seams, on stitching, or stuck to fabrics.
  • Wash clothing, bedding, and other items on the hottest temperature.
  • Learn what bed bugs, bed bugs signs, and bed bug bites look like.
  • Get routine bed bug inspections from a professional. At the end of the day, this is the easiest and most effective solution to the increasing threat of bed bug infestations.

If you have discovered a bed bug infestation, learn more about your treatment options and contact American Pest today. Bed bugs are just one of the many pests we protect our customers from. Consider getting year-round protection for your home or business. Life is sweeter without pests. Get your ongoing pest protection in place today.

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