What Exactly Causes Bed Bugs?
In recent years, bed bugs have been making a comeback. The old ways of extermination have been banned by the government and their population is beginning to rise. In order to prevent them from entering your home, you should know what causes bed bugs to enter your home.
Cleanliness Does Not Matter
One of the biggest myths surrounding bed bugs is that they are attracted to filth. While this is true for some bugs, it is not true for this species. Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and animals, so as long as there is a steady supply, they’ll stay close by. Even if you live in a brand new home and have a professional cleaner, there’s always a chance for bed bugs to make their way to you.
Clutter Not Dirt
Now that the cleanliness myth has been dispelled, it’s time to focus on why they stick around. When a bed bug is done feeding on its host, it will detach itself. Most people think they stick around because of how dirty the host is, or how dirty the host’s home is. However, bed bugs don’t like dirt, but they LOVE clutter. They hide underneath clothing, in beds, behind baseboards, inside electrical outlets, and in-between furniture.
If your home never housed bed bugs before, but all of a sudden there’s an infestation, think of where you traveled last. Bed bugs will hitch a ride in your luggage and then set up shop inside of your home. When you do travel be sure to inspect the room you are staying in, only place clothes in your luggage and in other bags, and always use luggage racks. You can also think about who has visited your home recently because they could have brought an uninvited guest.
It’s important to know as much information about bed bugs as you can in order to know how to prevent them from infesting your home. When a bed bug infestation exists in your home, contact the pest management professionals at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more, or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.