How Did I Get Bed Bugs In My Lexington Home?

Bed Bug

Bed bugs are common pests, and knowing how to identify an infestation is important. They can cause allergic reactions, and just by being there, they can devalue your property. Being prepared to get rid of and prevent infestations can keep you and your Lexington home safe and secure.

Identifying Infestations

How do bed bugs find you? Well, anything warm that exhales carbon dioxide becomes a target for bed bugs. They will hitchhike home with you on luggage, clothing, or other items. They will then infest from there, making their home in mattresses, cushions, bed frames, underneath carpets, and in other hidden places. You can look for bed bug infestations by taking a credit card and a flashlight and running the card along cracks and folds in mattresses and walls, paying close attention to what you see. If you see tiny brown insects or even tinier white eggs, you may have found bed bugs.

What Causes You to Get Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs will typically latch onto luggage, suitcases, or other personal belongings. They can’t fly or jump, so they do not get in from outside through gaps and cracks in your home the way many other pests do. You may be wondering, “What attracts bed bugs into a home?” Bed bugs generally feed on human blood. They become attracted when they pick up your body heat and the exhalation of carbon dioxide. Also, bed bugs are attracted to clothing that has been worn. So, while traveling, if you keep worn clothing inside sealed plastic bags, you will have less of a chance of bringing bed bugs home with you.

How Bed Bugs Spread

Imagine this. You’re on a road trip and decide to stay at a motel for one night. You enter your room and the first thing you do is set your bags on the bed and go to the bathroom. Later that night, bed bugs crawl into your luggage and lay eggs. The next morning, you pack up and leave. You are now bringing bed bugs with you to whatever place you end up in, and if that place is your Lexington residence, it will quickly become infested with bed bugs.

If you suspect that bed bugs have infested your home, you don't want to attempt to get rid of them on your own. Call the professionals at The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. for immediate assistance.

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