It’s said that there are several bed bug species out in the world. However, they’re all similar in appearance. One thing is for certain; all native bed bugs feed on blood. They don’t only feed on human blood, though; they’ll eat on any source of blood.
Bed bugs hide well within your home and their favorite hiding places are beds and couches. They’ll often travel to the first available location where they think they can hide. When they land on something, they groom themselves and then lay their eggs.
If you feel you have a bed bug infestation, it’d be good to check out the causes of this pest and its treatment requirements. You’ll learn more about your options once you know the causes of bed bugs. Knowing what causes bed bugs is also very helpful for prevention measures.
Different Causes Of Bedbugs
The causes of bedbugs are often more common than most people realize. Here's a list of some of them:
Purchasing Used Furniture
Bed bugs often live in old and used furniture before they come into your home. You should inspect any furniture you plan to purchase carefully, especially if you're buying it from someone else's property. Look for signs of bed bug activity such as fecal stains or exoskeletons. If you find any evidence of bed bugs on an item, don't purchase it.
Traveling With Bed Bugs
If you're traveling with someone who has bedbugs (such as a hotel guest), there's a good chance they'll follow you back home — even if they don't visit every room while they're staying with you. Bedbugs are hitchhikers and can travel via clothing, luggage, and other belongings without noticing most people who carry them around.
If you have pets, they may bring bed bugs into your home. Pets like dogs and cats often sleep on the bed with their owners, so they can easily transfer bed bugs from one place to another if they have them on their fur. If you have pets, make sure you clean up after them thoroughly by vacuuming or sweeping and washing their bedding regularly.
Clutter In Your Home
Bed bugs like clutter in your home because it provides them with hiding places where they can go live undetected for long periods. Clutter makes it easier for them to hide out of sight during the day. It also makes it easier for them to move around undetected. Bedbugs can also breed in the clutter, and this means you'll have to deal with a big colony of bedbugs in your house.
Various Bed Bugs Infestation Preventive Measures
Bedbugs can be a nuisance to sleep in your bed or even in the same room with you. Therefore, they should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent more infestation. There are several preventive measures you can take to prevent and control the causes of bed bugs and infestations:
Vacuuming regularly will remove any eggs and feces left behind by adult bed bugs after they have fed on you or your pets during the night. This will help prevent future infestations and control existing ones. Vacuums with high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) filters are more effective at trapping eggs than those without HEPA filters because they have tighter pores that trap smaller particles better than other vacuums.
Use Steam Cleaners
Bedbugs are attracted to heat, so they like warm places. Steam cleaners kill them by heating them until they die. You can also use a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can use hot water to clean surfaces and pour the water on cracks and crevices. The water will kill the bedbugs and their eggs, preventing them from breeding.
Hire Professional Exterminators
Professional exterminators know what treatments work best for bedbugs in different locations like homes vs. apartments. They also have access to products that can kill bedbugs on contact but won't leave harmful residues behind on surfaces or fabrics in your home. Another benefit of hiring a professional exterminator is that they have experience working with insurance companies if yours doesn't cover the cost of treating an infestation.
Clean Up The Clutter
Clutter makes it easier for bedbugs to hide and reproduce. Remove the clutter that doesn't belong in your bedroom or other rooms where people sleep, such as boxes, books, or clothing. Put all these items in plastic bags and seal them shut before taking them out of the home or putting them into storage.
Avoid Second Hand Furniture
Don't pick up used furniture on the street or at garage sales. If you must buy something second-hand, check it carefully for signs of infestation. If you have to get the furniture, ensure that you’ve inspected your furniture before bringing it inside your property. Don't bring them indoors upon spotting signs of bedbugs.
Dealing with bed bugs can be a very stressful process in any home. It's even worse if the infestation has gone out of hand as you can't sleep or use your furniture as usual. The best way to deal with bed bugs is to understand the causes and then have preventative measures, as discussed in this feature.