The nasty critters named “Bed Bugs” are one of the worst house guests to have. These tiny, flat dark parasites can infest your bed, other furniture, clothes and blankets. Bed bugs feed off of human blood and they’ve absolutely no intention of ever leaving human alone.
How to protect yourself From Bed Bug Infestations?
The best defense is a good offence! So beginners should brush up on their bed bug knowledge. Bed bugs prefer dark spaces and hide close to where people sleep-because they love human released carbon dioxide almost as much as they love human blood.
In this blog post, we are enlisting some places which are susceptible to bed bug infestation. The listed things and places are high-risk areas due to crevices that make great hiding spots for bedbugs.
All The Places where Bed Bugs May Hide
Mattresses and Bedding
As bed bugs feed on human blood while they sleep, so be sure to check mattress and crevices around bed frequently. Pest control firms suggest to use a flashlight while looking for bedbugs and try to do this during night. Bed bugs resemble a flattened apple seed and may be surrounded by red or brown stains.
After mattresses the second thing where people spend a lot of time is “couch”. Hence couches are the perfect place for bed bugs to breed. As you can’t wash couches, so protect yourself by having it heat treated once in a while.
Although pesky bedbugs prefer to be near to warm bodies but you might find them in the folds of curtains in highly-infested home.
Loose wall hangings are great hiding spots for the flat bedbugs. They could hide anywhere you can slide a debit card.
You think you just bring back souvenirs in your suitcase but you may bring home some unwanted guest in your bags, so be careful about this.
There are bed bugs infestations observed in consignment shops, bedbugs love to hide in fabrics and material that are close to the human body. So always try to stay away from secondhand mattresses, headboards and bed frames. It may save some money, but professional bed bug treatment to eradicate infestation can set you back thousands dollars.
Books And Libraries
These little critters are excellent hitchhikers and love tight spaces. They infest libraries and Hide in Books and library’s furniture. At home carefully check the spine of your books for stowaways, if you find bed bugs try tossing books in the oven or freezer. Freezing temperatures and high heat can kill the bugs. Also check your bag and car for bedbugs.
Thing that goes outside home and comes into contact with other location and people are at risk. Pest control firms suggest to keep such items off the bed or couch.
Just like the lice, bedbugs can also be picked up at school, college and universities classrooms.
Restaurants and Hotels
Even the tidy and cleanest five-star hotels could be infested with bedbugs, so if you have to stay somewhere be careful about bugs infestation. If you find a single bug inform the hotel management.
Cinemas or Movie Theatres
Cozy new movie theatre seats may be infested by bedbugs.
Public transport vehicles with fabric seats such as trains, planes and buses might be infested by bed bugs.
There are good measures taken in hospitals for cleanliness and even sprays applied to kill different pests, but bedbugs may reside in hospitals.
Places of worship like church may also be home to bedbugs hiding away in seats and mass books.
As bedbugs are excellent hitchhikers, they may hold on clothes. To protect, wash clothes using hot water and avoid folding and sorting your clothes on the shared tables.
Multi-Rooms dwelling and building are loved by pesky bedbugs. They can travel up to twenty feet a night. The bugs tend to relocate in search of their food.
If you’ve been bitten by bedbugs, check your mattress and sheets, along with all the places listed above. Bed bug infestation can also be identified by rust-coloured spots on mattresses and bed sheets that are actually combination of their faeces and your blood.
Once bed bug infestation detected, the only way to get rid of them is to call a pest control firm. Do-it-yourself treatments are wastage of time and resources.