The seemingly random outbreak of bed bugs around the country in the last couple of years has caused many people to be on high alert. Keeping your bedding clean and thoroughly washing your clothing after staying in a hotel are some of the best and simplest preventive measures anyone can keep. However, there are ways other than staying at a hotel that you can invite these pests into your home.
One other way, which is definitely worth mentioning due to the fact that millions of people use it every day, is public transportation. Bed bugs commonly move to and from host environments when traveling commuters come into contact with one another, directly or indirectly, on buses, trains, and subway systems (and not even taxicabs are immune to bed bug invasions).
Most people are still unaware of how bed bugs live and survive, and what their habits are, which unfortunately is a major problem for metro Phoenix bed bug infestation prevention. The more we understand about these pests, the better of a chance we have at keeping them out of our own homes. Here is some helpful information regarding beg bugs and public transportation.
Bed Bugs On The Bus: What you need to know:
- Bed bug eggs can lie dormant for up to months before hatching. These eggs can be laid during travel and easily hidden on or in luggage; remember to keep clothing, bags and suitcases away from other things while in a hotel room, and out of the vicinity of your living area following travel. You can never tell if bed bugs are present, even if there doesn’t appear to be a threat at the time. Tip: All clothing should be washed following travel to prevent bringing bed bugs or eggs into your home.
- Recent studies have found that more and more people are indeed getting bed bugs from public transit sources. Contrary to popular belief, bedspreads and mattresses are not the only places these nasty bloodsucking critters dwell. Tip: The rule of thumb to always keep in mind is maintaining ones distance from suspicious looking areas, if possible. It only takes an instant for these animals to spread. As a result, it is best to not sit down on padded seats on the bus or train and stay away from other luggage.
- Bed bugs can be very difficult to get rid of; this is not intended to scare you but rather to inform you. Unless you get rid of the root of the problem, repeat infestations are bound to occur. This happens to more people than you might expect, which is why it is imperative you call a professional and experienced bed bug exterminator the moment you become aware. At any rate, prevention is always the best measure, so avoid traveling on buses or taxis that may appear unsanitary, or try to avoid sitting down. Tip: If you have to come in contact, ensure that you wash your clothing and inspect your bags thoroughly prior to bringing them back into your home.
- The little hitchhikers can go a year without eating. This gives bed bugs a keen advantage when it comes to traveling and hitching a ride with your suitcase. If you think about it, there really is no place these insects can’t get to, although they are not particularly fond of climates with extreme temperatures, especially not heat. Tip: one of the most effective ways to exterminate them with heat treatment.
- Bed bug bites are virtually painless, so you shouldn’t expect to notice symptoms right away, especially when traveling and staying in hotel rooms. By the time you do become aware of markings on your body, which can take several days to appear, it may be too late (i.e. they will already be in your home). As a result, you should always take extra precautions when traveling. To be safe, suitcases, bags, and clothing should be stored off the floor, furniture, and bed when staying in a hotel room. Tip: the bathroom is actually one of the only truly safe places from bed bugs in an infested hotel room (they don’t like walking on tile).
If you have fallen victim to a bed bug infestation, be sure to contact a bed bug exterminator as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the infestation can become. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to eliminate the source of the threat, not just the bugs that you can see. Contact All Bed Bugs Begone today for more information on our bed bug heat treatment services.