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How Bed Bugs Get Into Richmond Homes

August 12, 2021 - Bed Bugs

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What is it that makes a pest creepy? Is it the way they walk or how many legs they have? Do stingers affect how they are perceived? Maybe it has something to do with where you'll find them. If this is the case, then bed bugs should be considered the creepiest pests for the sole reason that they share beds with people. Not only do these pests share sleeping areas, but they also draw blood from unsuspecting victims.

If this doesn't send a chill down your spine, we don't know what would. Fortunately, you do not have to live with these pests inside your Richmond home. Here is how bed bugs get around and what you should be doing to stop them.

Some Of The Ways Bed Bugs Travel

Bed bugs do not travel in the same way other pests do. They do not fly through windows like mosquitoes or crawl through gaps and cracks like ants. They don't even live outdoors. Bed bugs are exclusively home pests and do everything in their power to stay within temperature-controlled environments near where people sleep. Now, this doesn't mean these pests do not leave homes; it just means that a place where people sleep is usually their final destination.

The way bed bugs get around is by hitchhiking rides. The only difference between these pests and a person on the side of the road with their thumb up is that bed bugs do not ask permission before hopping onto or into your belongings. Some items these pests commonly use to get around include clothing, furniture, electronics, backpacks, and luggage. Keep this in mind next time you travel.

Bed Bug Hot Spots

Although you are most likely to find a bed bug infestation inside someone's home, groups of these pests do exist in other areas. Here are a few hotspots where people regularly pick up bed bugs:

  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Entertainment centers
  • Restaurants

How To Identify Bed Bugs

Chances are you have never seen a live bed bug, mostly because these five to seven millimeter long, oval-shaped, reddish-brown bugs are adept at staying out of sight. For this reason, you should know some of the signs they leave behind.

The two most common signs to keep your eyes out for are bloodstains around sleeping areas and reddish black specs of fecal matter around bedrooms. A few less common or harder-to-spot signs include a musty odor in the air, eggs or egg casings, and shed skins.

Some Strategies To Avoid Bed Bugs

The best thing to do to avoid bed bugs is to be on the lookout for them. When traveling, check the rooms you will be staying in for bed bug activity. Teach your kids how to identify these pests and have them check their bags before bringing them home from school each day. In addition to looking for them, wash used gym clothing, travel clothing, and another dirty laundry on high heat to kill off hiding bed bugs before they can spread throughout your house.

The Solution To Bed Bug Infestations

There is only one reliable way to eliminate a bed bug infestation, and that is to hire a professional. At Cobalt Pest Control, we use industrial-grade bed bug treatments and pest control strategies to handle unwanted pests like bed bugs. Our friendly technicians are highly trained and ready to handle an infestation inside your home. All you have to do is give us a call. We will work out the details and get your home bed bug-free ASAP.