How Bed Bugs Get In Your Home
Bed bugs are a major problem in the UK. In fact, recent statistics claim that as many as 25% of homes are infested with these bugs. Anyone who has dealt with these bugs will know how detrimental they can be to your comfort. Not only that, bed bugs can also have a serious effect on your peace of mind and even your mental health. But how do bed bugs get in your home and what can you do about them?
How do bed bugs get in your home?
The most common way that bed bugs get in your home is when you return from holiday. The unfortunate fact is that most hotels have a serious bed bug problem. New statistics claim that around 70% of hotels are riddled with bed bugs. This goes for anywhere you might be staying. From the filthiest backpackers’ hostel to your most expensive five star lodge.
What this means is that you need to be extremely careful no matter where you stay. You do not want to bring these bugs back home from holiday. To prevent this, you need to carefully inspect your clothing and luggage before returning home. Lay out your clothing on a hard surface and look over it with a strong torch. Pay particular attention to folds and creases. Next, inspect all parts of your luggage. Once this is done pack your bag and leave it as far away from the bed as possible.
Another way that bed bugs get in your home is via public transport. Believe it or not, bed bugs are commonly found on planes, trains, buses, and taxis. This is why you should be very careful when using public transport. Whenever you get home, make sure to check your clothing for bed bugs. You may also want to throw your clothing right into the washing machine. Something else you can do is avoid standing on public transport.
The final way that bed bugs get in your home is when you or your pet pick them up outdoors. These bugs do occur naturally in the wild after all. If you’ve spent time in a park or went on a walk it’s quite possible that you may have picked them up. Once again, make sure to check your clothing when arriving home.
What happens next?
If you have returned with bed bugs, you’ll soon notice this. These bugs will make a beeline for your bed and begin to breed. Within a few days you’ll notice small red bites appearing on your skin. These will gradually increase in severity until you’re itching like mad. If this does happen, our advice is to call in pest control to kill bed bugs and their eggs. We can help you with a wide variety of treatments for bed bugs. These include things like fumigation and also non-invasive methods like heat treatments.