Top Sources of a Bed Bug Infestation and How to Spot Them

bed bugBeg bugs are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of, so keeping them out of your home should be a top priority. Below are some of the most common sources of bed bug infestations, so you can know where to keep an extra eye out for these tiny pests.

Bed Bug Sources

One time you should always be on high alert for bed bugs is when you’re shopping. This is especially true when you are shopping in a thrift shop, consignment store, or yard sale. These used items have been inside people’s homes, and been pressed up against items that have been in other people’s homes. If one person brought in a bedbug-infested item, it wouldn’t take it long for the bugs to spread around the store. If you shop in a secondhand store, be sure to check clothing and any upholstered items for bed bugs.

While the chances of a bed bug infestation are less when you’re shopping in a new retail store, it is still a possibility. In fact, there have been several times in the past when retail stores have had to be fumigated to take care of a bed bug infestation. Check any clothing or furniture purchases for unusual stains or bed bugs.

Anywhere you go in public that has upholstered seats is a potential point of ingress for bed bugs. This includes public transport, libraries, churches, movie theaters, schools, doctors’ offices, or hospitals. In these places, it pays to look as well as you can in cracks and crevices of the furniture for any indication of bed bugs, which we will discuss below. A close inspection isn’t always possible, but you can also check your own clothes when you come home and wash them in hot water.

Signs of Bed Bugs

Knowing what signs to look for will help ensure you can prevent bed bugs from coming into your home, or at the very least to catch the problem early enough that recovering will be fast and easy. Bed bugs like crevices to hide in on fabric, so look in seams, folds, and between cushions for signs of the pests. Those signs include small rust-colored stains (blood from bites), tiny dark spots that bleed into the fabric (excrement), small white and pale yellow almost see-through pieces (eggs and shed skin), and live bugs, small flat bugs about the size and color of an apple seed. If you see any of these signs in your home, you may have a bed bug infestation and should call a professional pest control company as soon as possible.

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