You may believe that keeping a clean home is the best way to keep unwanted pests out. While this is true for certain pests, it is not true for all. Bed bugs are not interested in the cleanliness or dirtiness of your home. They are simply looking for a host to feed off of. Wherever there are humans, there is the possibility of finding bed bugs. Keep reading to learn more about why a clean home won’t deter bed bugs.
Bed Bugs Spread Through You
Bed bugs usually enter into your living space through you. Most often, bed bugs will spread through shared living spaces, such as hotel rooms or apartment buildings. You can even get them through transportation, such as a bus or a train. They will crawl into your luggage and then be unknowingly carried into your home. Or they will cling to your clothing. Either way, these pests do not care about the cleanliness of you or your living space–they just want to find a new place to nest.
Know Where They Hide
The best way to prevent spreading bed bugs is to know where to look for them. When traveling and staying in hotels, check the bedspreads for bed bug fecal matter, which appears as tiny reddish brown dots. If you wake up with bite marks, that is another sign of bed bugs. Check behind headboards or near electrical outlets. These pests will do everything that they can to stay out of sight, so you need to know where they can hide.
Know the Signs of an Infestation
Common signs of a bed bug infestation include blood stains on your pillowcases and sheets, bed bug fecal matter on your bedding or mattress, shed skins or egg shells and a musty scent. You may also find bites on your arms and legs or blood spots on your pajamas. You may not see a bed bug, but if you find other signs that bed bugs left behind then you most likely have an infestation.
Bed bugs, if left untreated, can become very serious. Do not try to exterminate them on your own. Contact us at ABC Exterminating Inc. today!