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One pest that you have likely heard many tales about is the bed bug. While many people have heard all about bed bugs and how hard they are to remove, it’s not uncommon to be unsure of where these bugs come from. While infestations can seem to appear out of nowhere, the easiest way to understand how bed bugs move around is to view them as bloodsucking hitchhikers. They will hitch a ride on anything from purses and luggage to clothing to furniture.

Once inside, they look for places to hide around your home including mattresses, furniture, and even cracks in the walls. While humans are sleeping, they will emerge from their hiding places to feed on their primary food source: blood. 

Another misconception about bed bugs is that they are too small to see. While they are a tiny pest, you can still see them, so knowing what to look out for can help you determine whether or not you have an infestation. Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, and about the size of an apple seed. They have large bodies in proportion to their heads, and after a blood meal, they swell and have a deeper red color.

If you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, the first sign will likely be a linear pattern of bites on your body. You can also inspect your belongings for the following signs: 

  • Brown stains from bed bug excrement

  • Rusty colored stains from the bugs themselves

  • Yellow stains or seeing small yellow or cream bits of bed bug eggs

Where Are You Most Likely To Pick Up Bed Bugs?

There are two main ways that bed bugs are picked up and brought into your home, but the first way is by far the most common. Bed bugs are often found in certain high traffic areas that you encounter regularly while going about your daily life or traveling.

Certain businesses and establishments are known as bed bug hot spots, such as medical facilities, hotels, schools, buses, and laundromats. Bed bugs wind up in these public places due to the high volume of traffic. If people exposed to a bed bug infestation travel, they inadvertently leave behind bed bugs looking to hitch their next ride into your home.

It can be difficult to completely prevent picking up bed bugs from these areas, but you can follow these tips to reduce the likelihood:

  • Try not to set luggage or purses down next to bedding or cloth furniture.

  • If You use a shared laundry facility, transport your laundry in a plastic bag.

  • When in hotel rooms or room shares, check for signs of bed bugs when you arrive.

Inspect Used Items Before Bringing Them Into Your Home

The second way that bed bugs can get into your Pittsburgh home is through bringing in secondhand items that are already infested. This can include used furniture, secondhand clothing, used mattresses, and old bedding.  To prevent a bed bug infestation from spreading, inspect these items carefully. If possible, wash and dry items on the hottest setting of your machine.

Call The Professionals For Bed Bug Prevention & Removal

As a result of their tiny size and the myriad of ways they can find their way into your home, prevention methods can only go so far. No matter how clean you keep your home or how vigilant you are about inspecting items for bed bugs, you still may find yourself dealing with an infestation.

If you do have a bed bug infestation, the best way to safely and effectively get rid of these obnoxious pests is to contact the experts at Witt Pest Management. In conjunction with our licensed technicians, we also use trained dogs to carefully inspect all areas of your home. Then, we come up with a customized bed bug treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. We will always follow-up to make sure that your bed bug problem is gone for good. Reach out to us today to find out more about our bed bug control options. 

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