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How To Keep Bed Bugs Out Of Your Richmond Home

November 15, 2021 - Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are a pest that many Richmond homeowners have heard a lot of myths about. Seeing as these pests invade homes and come out at night to bite people while they sleep, they do seem rather frightening, and it’s no wonder they have a notorious reputation.

Misconceptions About Bed Bugs

But, this reputation has led to some misconceptions about bed bugs being spread around. One of the most frequent untruths about bed bug infestations is that they only happen to dirty homes, but this actually isn’t the case. Bed bugs don’t seek out unclean houses, and your level of cleanliness won’t determine whether or not you ever have an infestation.

This is because bed bugs don’t just come in from the outdoors. In this guide, you’ll learn how bed bug infestations do start and also get some useful prevention tips to avoid bringing them inside.

Bed Bug Infestations And Hot Spots

Bed bugs function as small pest stowaways that grab a ride on luggage, bags, clothes, and more. While they don’t attach to human skin as ticks do, they can still hitchhike on the items we carry with us. Keep in mind that adult bed bugs are only around the size of an apple seed, so you likely won’t see them if they grab onto things you have with you. 

Bed bugs can be picked up almost anywhere, such as other homes or in a wide variety of businesses. This is because bed bugs can survive in areas that don’t have any bedding at all.

It’s common to pick up bed bugs while doing daily errands or while traveling, and some of the bed bug “hot spots” where you’re most likely to end up bringing bed bugs with you include: hotels, laundromats, airports, buses, and schools.

Secondly, bed bug infestations can begin if you bring secondhand items inside that already have these pests. Of course, mattresses and other bedding are the main concern, but other furniture and also appliances could be infested, too.

Tips For Avoiding Bed Bugs

While bed bugs are a rather default pest to prevent, there are some steps you can take to avoid picking them up while out and about. These include:

  • Avoiding putting down luggage and other bags as much as possible
  • Checking any hotel rooms or other shared room spaces for signs of bed bugs
  • Transporting laundry to and from shared laundry facilities in a plastic bag

Then, to prevent any infested secondhand items from being brought inside, it’s important to know the signs of bed bug activity. You should look out for these three things:

  1. Old rusty bloodstains that come from the bed bug bites
  2. Brown stains and smear marks that occur from bed bug excrement
  3. Discarded skins or old egg casings inside of appliances or on bedding and furniture 

The Most Effective Bed Bug Prevention Step

Because bed bugs are so widespread and difficult to prevent given their small size, don’t feel bad if you wind up with an infestation. There’s no need to worry. The home pest control experts at Cobalt Pest Control are here to help.

Give us a call today to learn about our comprehensive bed bug removal process and to request a free quote or inspection.