How Do Bed Bugs Spread?
Bed bugs are not known for transmitting diseases, but that doesn’t make their presence less than a nuisance. This is especially true when you consider that the insects are super hard to get rid of.
For starters, insecticides do not affect them. Secondly, they prefer feeding off human blood at night, making it challenging to spot bed bugs unless you specifically look for them.
And finally, bed bugs spread easily and quickly. All these characteristics of bed bugs make them a formidable foe. And that’s precisely why you must arm yourself with the right weapon to exterminate them.
By ‘weapon,’ we don’t mean special chemicals or anything of the sort – instead, we’re talking about knowledge. Knowing how bed bugs spread and preventing them from doing so is one of the most effective ways to deal with the problem. So, before the bed bugs in your bedroom make their way to your living room, let’s get started.
How Do Bed Bugs Come into My House?
While bed bugs do migrate from outside, the chances of that happening are pretty slim. In some cases, the insects may infest your property because you bought used furniture, and they tagged along.
However, it’s reported that bed bugs spread with luggage most of the time. Since they’re known for hiding in suitcases, handbags, and laptop bags, anytime you’ve come from a business trip or vacation, the possibility of your luggage being infested with bed bugs is high.
Once you settle in after returning, so do the tiny insects, finding the smallest holes to seek shelter. Apart from this, we often receive other questions in our inbox. Two of the most common ones include:
– Do Bed Bugs Spread from Place to Place?
Yes, bed bugs can spread from place to place. All they need is an hour to move from one room to another. They do this through wall holes, cracked tiles, or electrical sockets. And if you’re rearranging furniture, there’s a possibility for bed bugs to hitchhike on them.
– Can Bed Bugs Spread from Person to Person?
Reading all this might prompt you to think, “Can bed bugs spread from person to person?” or “Are bed bugs contagious?” Well, bed bugs are not related to ticks or fleas. So, they don’t latch on to people. Bed bugs only come out at night, suck your blood, and scurry back into hiding places.
How Far Can Bed Bugs Travel?
Bed bugs can’t be seen easily. This may cause you to think they stay far away from humans, but, unfortunately, that’s not true.
The little bloodsuckers like keeping their food, a.k.a. you, nearby. So, at any given moment, if your property has bed bugs, they’re only a few feet away.
As for the bed bugs’ traveling distance, that’s bad news, too. The insects can crawl as far as they want simply because the adult versions can go for more than a year without food.
How Fast Do Bed Bugs Crawl?
It’s impossible to tell how fast bed bugs travel. Although it’s been reported that they can move up to four feet per minute, the research requires more work. What’s been confirmed, however, is that they can travel from one room to another within an hour.
The move can be through holes, cracks, or on the floor, like other insects. Hence, to answer your question, “How fast do bed bugs crawl?”, they can crawl super fast.
How Can I Prevent Bed Bugs from Spreading?
Most insects prefer living in dark and moist places; bed bugs do not have such preferences. As long as they have access to food sources, they can live in a spotless space or a dirty environment.
And just because they’re named ‘bed bugs’ doesn’t mean you’ll only find them where you sleep. They’ll make it their home if the place is near humans and has an optimal temperature. Though bed bugs are challenging to exterminate, here’s what you can do to prevent them from spreading:
1. Check Power Outlets
Bed bugs are tiny, oval, and reddish insects that can make small spots their resting place. And when we say that, your mind immediately goes to wall holes, cracked tiles, or bed corners.
But we’re willing to bet you didn’t think of power outlets. That’s precisely why this tip is number one on our blog. While inspecting your property for signs of bed bugs, don’t forget to check the power outlets.
2. Identify Bed Bugs
Many insects are similar to bed bugs – small, reddish-brown, and oval – namely ticks and fleas. Because of this, you may mistake bed bugs for other insects.
And that can be a problem, considering you might employ techniques suitable for eliminating other insects, not bed bugs. Therefore, make sure you know what you’re dealing with.
3. Declutter Your House
If you’ve been meaning to clean up your attic or bedroom for months, you better do it right now. The emphasis on urgency is because decluttered spaces are like a paradise for insects, particularly bed bugs.
So, dispose of or recycle anything you’re not using. This way, you can feed two birds with one scone.
4. Inspect Your Hotel/Luggage
If you’re on a trip and staying at an unfamiliar location, inspect your room, as well as the furniture in it, for bed bugs. And if you notice the insects, ask for a room change right away.
Furthermore, once you return home, check your luggage to ensure bed bugs haven’t found a safe haven inside your traveling bags.
5. Seal Tiny Spots
If a spot in your house can fit a business card, it’s the perfect place for bed bugs to hide. Now recall all such spaces in your property and seal them using an adhesive sealant, like silicone caulk, to do the job.
Silicone caulks are resistant to water and chemicals, making them a great option to seal holes and cracks.
6. Examine Used Furniture
We would’ve recommended not purchasing used furniture altogether, but we know that that’s not possible. Therefore, inspect every second-hand household item that comes inside your property.
Apart from furniture, you can find bed bugs on clothes and used electrical appliances. If that happens, do not think it can be treated – spare yourself the trouble and leave the item.
7. Seek Professional Help
When every trick in the book fails, you’ve only got one option – call in professionals. Or in other words, contact AlienWerks Pest Management. Our experienced and highly qualified technicians will thoroughly inspect your property.
Next, we’ll suggest the best treatment to not only get rid of bed bugs but prevent them from coming back.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
We’ve mentioned numerous times in this blog that bed bug control is a colossal task. However, that doesn’t mean you should attach a straw to your body to make it easy for the insects to suck your blood. (Bad joke alert!)
Instead, here’s how you can get rid of bed bugs:
Identify the Resting Spots of Bed Bugs
A female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs throughout her lifetime. That’s a sign for you to act quickly and determine the infested areas before bed bugs start reproducing. Remember to use a bright flashlight to inspect your nightstands or drawers, as spotting them with your naked eye can be difficult.
Kill the Bed Bugs
After determining the infested areas, kill the bed bugs using home remedies. They include treating the affected area with hot water, placing the objects in the freezer, or purchasing a streamer. You can also use insecticides, though they aren’t effective. In addition, pesticides are neither environment-friendly nor safe to use around kids or pets.
Monitor the Treated Areas
You may think your job is done after treating the infested areas, but the task is far from over. It can take weeks and months for the home remedies to work. Therefore, it would be best to monitor the spots. If you don’t see bed bugs, they’re dead – for now, at least. And if you do see them, treat the area again.
Stop Bed Bugs Before the Number Increases
Dealing with bed bugs is a nightmare. They hide in small areas, can travel quickly, and are only located if you specifically look for them. And if the infestation goes from small to large, you might as well leave your property and never return.
But there’s a way to control bed bugs: enlisting the help of AlienWerks Pest Management. We rely on highly advanced techniques to rid properties of the insects, ensuring you live in a safe, healthy, and bed bugs-free space.
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Frequently Asked Questions
No, bed bugs cannot jump because they don’t have the legs for it. Similarly, they cannot fly due to the lack of wings. However, what they lack in flight, they make up for it by crawling on floors, ceilings, and other smooth surfaces at a really fast speed.
If you’ve noticed signs of bed bug infestation, you should first confirm their presence. After that, prevent them from spreading by sealing holes and cracks. Or, you can call AlienWerks Pest Management so that we can take care of the problem the right way by implementing the correct techniques.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bed bugs are not dangerous. However, their bite may cause allergic reactions in people. Therefore, to protect your and your loved ones’ overall well-being, getting rid of the insects the moment you spot them is pertinent.