You lift a mattress and discover a small group of insects living in the seam of your box spring. Immediately, you know; those are bed bugs! These insects are famous, and it is likely that you know what adult bed bugs look like. But, what you might not know is what caused those bed bugs to get into your Maryland home. The answer might actually surprise you. Here's what causes bed bugs in Maryland homes—and what doesn't.
A Misunderstanding About Bed Bugs
Have you been told that bed bugs are attracted to dirty homes? Is your home less-than-spotless? If so, you might think that you had something to do with why you have bed bugs. The truth is that you didn't. Even if bed bugs were attracted to dirty homes, they don't choose where they live. These insects spread passively from one location to another. Once they get somewhere, they don't really have an option to go anywhere. These insects don't live outside and they have no way of knowing how to hide in transportable objects like suitcases, duffel bags, pocketbooks, etc. They have to make the best of whatever location they find themselves in.
How Bed Bugs Spread
If you have the misfortune of finding bed bugs in your Maryland home, there are two possible ways they could have gotten in. We discussed the first. It is likely that someone carried them in. You may even be the one responsible for accidentally bringing these bugs into your home. The other way bed bugs can get into your home only occurs for families living in apartments, duplexes, and other multi-family structures. Bed bugs can get into walls and move from one living area to another, in the same way they can go from one bedroom to another in a single family home.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Every time you leave your home, you have the chance of picking up bed bugs. That is the reality of this pest problem. But there are a few things you can do to prevent bed bugs from coming home with you:
When you spend the night somewhere, even if it is the home of a friend or relative, do a quick bed bug inspection. Look for black stains, brown stains, shed insect skins, white eggs, and the presence of bed bugs.
When you spend the night somewhere for more than one night, be sure to manage your laundry properly. Bed bugs are attracted to the scent of humans and will explore laundry items. Refrain from putting clothing on beds and furniture, and store your laundry in a sealed plastic bag. A trash bag and a bread tie can do the trick.
When you return home from a trip, be sure to wash all of your clothing in a hot wash, and dry the items for at least thirty minutes. Heat kills bed bugs in all stages of development.
When you travel, be aware that bed bugs have been found infesting taxi cabs, buses, trains, planes, and other forms of public transportation. Look for the signs of bed bug activity we listed above. Also, smell for them. Bed bugs use pheromones to communicate. These chemicals do not smell good. If there are enough bed bugs, you're going to notice the scent.
When you go to work, be aware that you can pick up bed bugs and bring them home with you even in the daytime. But bed bugs need the cover of darkness to spread. If you put an item into a dark locker with an item from someone else, bed bugs can transfer. If you place an item next to the item of a coworker, bed bugs can transfer. Keep items, such as bags, briefcases, and clothing, separated from the items of other people.
How Residents Of Maryland Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
If you happen to bring bed bugs home, or you find them in your Maryland home, contact Capitol Pest. Our licensed pest management professionals are trained and experienced in the elimination of bed bugs. We will make sure that no bed bugs remain inside your home. Reach out to us today to tell us about your bed bug problem and to schedule a service visit.