How do you get Bed Bugs?
In recent years, bed bugs, previously thought to have been wiped out in most of the developed world, including the U.S., have resurged with a vengeance. Partially to blame for the renewed growth of the bed bug population is a ban on varieties of dangerous pesticides previously used to fight infestations, and an increased resistance to other pesticides.
Another factor that may be responsible for the bed bug epidemic is the increase of international travel between the developed and developing world, which greatly increased in the second half of the 20th century.
Anyone can be affected by bed bugs, which are experts at hiding and traveling with hosts. Because the pests can survive for long periods of time without feeding, bed bugs can enter a home hidden in furniture, mattresses, clothing or luggage.
One of the most common ways that bed bugs can enter a home is following travel or vacation. As a precaution when returning from a trip, luggage should be inspected thoroughly and not stored in the living area of the home. Bed bugs can also travel to a new home in the clothing of a human host in the form of eggs, which may not be detectable by unsuspecting victims.