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The Stigma of Bed Bugs

stigma of bed bugsBed bugs carry a nasty reputation, and households harboring them may get caught in the crossfire. The negative stigma attached to bed bugs has been around for years, and it’s a nightmare for homeowners and businesses alike.

While most people attach bed bug infestations with unclean, unhealthy environments, a variety of causes promote a bed bug infestation. Often, before bed bug extermination is accessed, establishment owners suffer the unfortunate reputation as “someone with bed bugs”. To clear up the misconceptions surrounding bed bugs, infestations and affected areas—let’s explore the following questions:

Where Do Bed Bugs Infest?

Aside from households, bed bugs can nestle in a wide array of different areas. While homeowners commonly experience infestations, the following locations are similarly exposed to bed bugs—and experience them often, too:

  • Retail establishments
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Vehicles
  • Schools

Surprisingly, bed bugs aren’t confined to beds at all. A bed bug infestation can happen in any area proposing a bountiful living environment, and they can often go undetected for years.

What Environments do Bed Bugs Live In?

Cloth, wool, bedding material and other soft areas are a bed bug’s domain. While bed bugs, again, can live in a variety of different locations, their primary establishments are commonly found in the following areas:

  • Crevices
  • Cracks
  • Wallpaper
  • Baseboards
  • Upholstery

The bed bug’s confinement to small, enclosed areas should be noted here. While they thrive in soft, enclosed areas, they tend to travel to alternative habitats capable of offering consistency and protection. Because backpacks, beds, pillows and sheets are commonly moving, it isn’t uncommon to find bed bugs lurking in nearby areas—even in furniture, beneath carpets or in ceiling cracks. Bed bugs have even been spotted in busses, trains and watercrafts.

How do Bed Bugs Get There?

Often, individuals experiencing bed bugs wonder where they’ve come from. Infestations can occur, seemingly, instantaneously, though the bedbug’s entry point isn’t entirely mysterious.

In most cases, bed bugs enter establishments between their walls. If a neighbor has bed bugs, adjoining or adjacent households may, too.

Additionally, bed bugs may erupt following travel. As stated above, many locations are subject to bed bugs, and traveling through such areas may impart bed bugs onto a new individual. Often, bed bugs them crawl into the individual’s luggage, are carried home and begin an infestation.

Sometimes, bed bugs have resided within an establishment long before an infestation begins. Once they’ve adhered to an individual’s clothing, they may travel to the nearby areas—waiting to reproduce and begin an infestation:

  • Furniture
  • Drapery
  • Tablecloths
  • Rugs

Sometimes, used furniture may carry bed bugs, as used objects may either contain bed bugs from a previous household or receive a minor infestation from nearby, and similarly sold, used furniture. Additionally, individuals holding occupations contingent upon traveling to other households may be exposed to bed bugs.

Who Might Transport Bed Bugs?

Cable people, plumbers, furniture movers and repairers may become exposed to bed bug infestations—or even carry them themselves. However, anyone exposed to bed bugs may potentially carry them into a new environment.

New guests, similarly, may accidentally bring in bed bugs over the holidays. College dorm rooms and other public establishments may carry bed bugs—making their host an unwitting patron of either. Pets and other animals, too, may carry bed bugs, as their exposure to outside areas may provide quick transportation for nearby bed bugs.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

A leading bed bug removal treatment is provided through heat treatment programs. Professionals are available to administer this treatment, offering holistic solutions guaranteed to reach a household’s every area.

During heat treatment, the entire establishment’s temperature is raised to at least 140 degrees. Once maintained for four hours, bed bugs have difficulty surviving in such an atmosphere. In principal, heat treatment is both an innovative and classic technique for safely removing bed bugs without chemical intervention.

A bed bug exterminator’s heat equipment is incredibly powerful, too, and many utilize computerized heat sensors to maintain consistent temperatures throughout an establishment. This temperature causes bed bugs to emerge from their hiding areas, collapse in exposed areas and die from overpowering temperatures.

Heat treatment is often preferred to chemical treatment due to its widespread success and removed need for toxic, or otherwise damaging, materials. Homeowners tend to avoid spraying their home’s every corner, nook and cranny, and they often turn to bed bug heat removal techniques when seeking permanent solutions. Bed bug heat treatment doesn’t take long, and its benefits normally reduce further infestations, as any potential mating is sufficiently circumvented.

However, establishment owners are always urged to maintain surrounding areas—as bed bug infiltration may begin new infestations. In many cases, the best protection arises from preventative methods, and individuals keen on bed bug removal are urged to consistently screen their establishment for infestations.

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