How To Avoid Bed Bugs In Everyday Life

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We all know that bed bugs can be picked up from hotels and motels when we travel, but are you aware that you can get an infestation in other ways? It is okay if you don't. Most people don't. These are stealthy bugs that are experts at flying under the radar. When an infestation appears in a home, a lot of times it seems like magic. Let's take a look behind the curtain and see how those tiny David Blaines do it. Here are five surprising ways people have gotten bed bugs, and what you need to know to avoid getting them yourself.

Sleepovers

When bed bugs infest a home, sometimes they can go months without being detected. This is because initial bites from immature nymphs do not always leave noticeable bite marks. That means your kids can pick them up when they stay the night somewhere.

It is also important to understand that bed bugs don't only infest dirty homes. These bugs will live anywhere they can get a blood meal. So simply keeping your kids from staying the night in the "wrong" places isn't going to protect you from bed bugs.

Some actionable ways you can keep yourself safer when your kids spend the night somewhere is to wash all of their clothes, sleeping bags, or bedding on the hottest temperature. This kills all stages of bed bug. And use a flashlight to search seams and folds of any bag they used to transport their things. If you find tiny white eggs or tiny pale insects, contact a pest control technician for assistance.

School

Bed bugs have been found infesting schools. This is because bugs or eggs are brought in on students or faculty when a home infestation occurs. In some cases, it can also happen when used furniture is purchased for a school. Whatever the reason, it is important to understand that these bugs can be picked up while your child is at school.

While there is no way to truly protect yourself from this, you may reduce your risk by educating your kids on what bed bugs (and their bites) look like. If they see a bed bug on their skin or red welts on another student, teach them what they should do in response.

Work

Since bed bugs have been found infesting retirement homes, pre-schools, day cares, colleges, police lock-ups, call centers, retail clothing stores, buses, trains, planes, libraries, and the list goes on and on and on, it is fair to say that if you work in any of the places bed bugs have been found, you could pick them up and bring them home.

The best way to protect yourself when you go to work is to recognize the signs of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs leave dark brown blood stains, black patches, black streaks, tiny black droppings, shed skins, and tiny white eggs in areas of infestation. You may also notice a scent that can be described as a wet, locker room towel if an infestation is large enough.

Movies

Yup. Bed bugs have been found infesting movie theaters. This is because bed bugs don't have to wait for us to go to sleep before they feed.

The next time you sit down to watch a movie in the theater, use the light on your cellphone to take a quick peek at the upholstered seats, especially around the seams. If you see any of the signs listed above, report it.

Retail Stores

Bed bugs love to leave their eggs in fabric. This makes retail stores a target for these pests, especially if a store resells used items. Bed bug eggs are as small as the tip on a pen and white. A batch of eggs can fit on a pea. They're really, really small.

If you check the seams of clothing you may see tiny white eggs but the best way to protect yourself from picking up bed bugs from a retail store is to wash all the clothing you buy on the hottest temperature. This destroys bed bugs in every stage of development.

Bed Bug Protection

The best, and easiest, way to protect your home or business from bed bugs is to have ongoing bed bug inspections. At McCall Service, we offer industry-leading bed bug services that include K-9 Inspections for easy and efficient control of bed bugs. Contact us today to get your protection in place.

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