Bed bugs are a serious nuisance and an infestation can occur anywhere.
It is a myth that bed bug infestation can occur only at places with dirty conditions. Although it is true that dirty conditions make it difficult to identify and eradicate bed bugs, it is certainly not the cause. Experts attribute the resurgence of bed bugs to a variety of factors including the outlawing of DDT in 1972, an increasing number of people traveling across the world, and bed bugs becoming resistant to chemical treatments. However, there is one more, often neglected factor that leads to an infestation – lack of awareness of bed bugs. Most of us do not consider bed bugs as a real threat, so we do not make any conscious effort to protect our homes against infestation. In order to make you more aware of the sources of infestation, we will discuss the three different ways bed bugs can infest a home.
Bed Bugs Already Existed, but Were not Detected or Eradicated
If you have moved into a new home and suspect bed bug infestation, then chances are that the home was already infested and the previous owner or tenant never detected their presence. If this is the case, then you should get ready to fight a serious battle, because the older the infestation, the harder it is to eliminate. Remember, bed bugs can survive for as long as a year without feeding. If the bed bugs were not properly exterminated, they will come back.
They Can Come From Adjoining Units in Multi-Unit Buildings
Bed bugs are more commonly noticed in multi-unit dwellings such as apartments, dorms, hostels, condos, and hotels. Even if you do everything right to protect your home from infestation, the bed bugs can still creep in from adjacent units. If you are living in a rented apartment or home, then the property management would have a legal obligation to take care of the infestation by hiring a professional bed bugs exterminator. Report any signs of infestation to your property manager right away.
They Can Hitch a Ride From the Outside
Bed bugs can hitch a ride from outside on objects or people that come into the home. If someone in your home has come back from a trip, then he or she could have picked up these nasty pests. Bed bugs can hitch a ride on footwear or clothing, or can slip into your luggage. They can also travel in mattresses, furniture, box springs, and bed frames.
Contact a Bed Bug Exterminator
If you are planning to move into a new apartment and you think it could be infested, call our bed bugs exterminator from Titan Pest Control at (201) 916-4603.