You probably wouldn’t think about it, but the holidays are a big time to bring bed bugs home -- Thanksgiving especially!
Think about it. You might make a trip to Grandma’s. You spend the night in unfamiliar surroundings, whether that’s a hotel room, the in-law’s guest room, or even on a relative’s couch. Alternately, you have company come to stay with you. You might even have a college student coming home.
In any of those instances, you could bring bed bugs home with you, or your loved ones inadvertently bring bed bugs into your home.
Bed bugs are capable of crawling onto or into just about anything. Clothing, carpets, draperies, linens, towels, luggage, pillows, upholstery… all can harbor bed bugs. It won’t take much for them to transfer from one location to another and anyone can unwittingly contribute to a bed bug infestation.
Nursing homes, movie theaters, college dorms -- no place is off-limits. Even the most expensive, upscale hotels are at risk.
The best way you can try to keep bed bugs out of your home is to be vigilant. Before checking into a hotel room, keep your luggage in the hallway and check carpet, bed linens and draperies for signs of bed bugs. Around the bed, they can be found near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard.
The EPA shares these bullet points on rooms with a heavy infestation. You can find bed bugs:
- In the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains.
- In drawer joints.
- In electrical receptacles and appliances.
- Under loose wall paper and wall hangings.
- At the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet.
- Even in the head of a screw!
Since bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug.
Evidence of bed bugs can be easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for:
- Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
- Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.
- Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
- Live bed bugs.
Be on alert for evidence of bed bugs. No one wants to bring home bed bugs for Thanksgiving.
If you’re concerned about bed bugs or think you might have them in your home or business, give Getem Services a call at 757-489-8610. We service Southeastern Virginia for all your bed bug control needs.