Many pests have a seasonality. These are times of the year when they become more of a problem because of the weather outside. While bed bug infestations rise here and there, and these insects can be influenced by increased warmth outside, they are somewhat unique as a pest problem. Today, we're going to talk about what makes bed bugs different from other pests and why infestations can increase in the fall. It may surprise you.
You might not know this but bed bugs live almost exclusively indoors with humans. You won't find these insects in your yard. So the weather outside doesn't affect them as it does other pests. The only way that weather can affect them is if they are infesting a home that is not temperature controlled. Warm temperatures cause the bodies of bed bugs to move like well-oiled machines. But if your home is always 70 degrees, bed bugs can't take advantage of the 90-degree weather that would otherwise make them thrive.
Okay. So here is what is interesting about bed bugs. While other pests are slowing down in the fall, bed bugs can be ramping up in their ability to spread. There are many factors for this but one stands out from the rest. Fall is when kids head back to school, and when kids go to school, the opportunities for bed bugs to move from one home to another through passive dispersal increases. Kids can spread and pick bed bugs up at school, daycare, other people's homes, extracurricular events, and more. Do you see the problem? Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests. Fall offers a lot of options for these pests to spread themselves around.
How do you protect yourself and keep your Pittsburgh home from bed bugs? One important way is to know what bed bugs look like. Recognizing bed bugs in all stages of development can allow you to catch these bugs before they infest your home. It is also important to recognize the signs bed bugs leave behind. Often, you won't see bed bugs when you are exposed to them. Be sure to teach your kids to identify bed bugs from eggs to adult and explain to them what bed bug signs look like.
If a bed bug infestation breaks out in your home, you should know that there are many benefits for calling a professional to deal with your bed bugs problem. We hope you'll give us the opportunity to talk to you about them. We serve the Pittsburgh area with the most advanced and comprehensive bed bug pest control available. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.