How Bed Bugs Get Inside New Jersey Homes
In New Jersey homes that don’t have ongoing pest control service performed by a licensed and experienced pest control professional, pests are a common sighting. It isn’t surprising to see a silverfish on the bathroom floor, a cockroach scurrying away into a hiding place in the basement, a fly buzzing around in the kitchen, a spider dangling in a web between a window and a screen, or other random pests sightings. Insects, rodents, and other household pests have a way of getting into our New Jersey homes. But, unlike the pests mentioned above, bed bugs get into our homes in a different way.
Bed bugs don’t live in your yard or explore your outside walls for entry points to find their way inside. Instead, they’re carried in. Entomologists call this “passive dispersal” which is a fancy term meaning that they don’t spread on purpose. So, to keep bed bugs out, you need an understanding of how those bugs accidentally get themselves transported from one location to the next.
When an infestation begins in a home, the people living in the home typically aren’t aware of it due to the fact that the first bites that occur are typically bites from immature nymphs, which aren’t as noticeable as the bites from adult bed bugs. But even adult bed bugs can bite a few times without drawing attention to themselves.
As bed bugs crawl around inside a home or business, they have places they prefer to hide and lay their eggs in. One particularly inviting location these pests are drawn to are piles of clothing items that have been worn. If these items are scooped up and thrown in the laundry, there is a good chance that the bed bugs hiding in those clothing items will be eliminated in the wash since hot water can kill bed bugs in all stages of developing. But if those laundry items are scooped up and put into a duffel bag or a piece of luggage when you are away from home, those bed bugs can be transported, carried right into your home inside your luggage. Once inside your home, a single female bed bug can crawl out and lay eggs in a variety of places around your home. For this reason, it is important to keep laundry items sealed in plastic bags when you spend the night at someone’s house or when traveling. If you have kids, be sure to share this information with them as well so they don’t accidentally pick bed bugs up at school or while staying at a friend’s house.
Another popular place that bed bugs lay their eggs in is in tight crevices. They often hide in the creases around mattresses and in other tight places in objects that aren’t often moved. But they also get into the creases of our luggage and other carriables. And when they do, you can easily carry them home with you without noticing. Be sure to inspect these creases for tiny white eggs when you return from a trip. If you find these eggs, you can use rubbing alcohol to kill them.
Despite their name, bed bugs don’t just hide around our mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. They can hide in other furniture items as well. This is important to keep in mind when buying used furniture or picking something up from the side of the road. Be sure to do a detailed check for tiny white eggs, pale, tan, or brownish-red colored bugs, and the presence of blood spots or black streaks of excrement. If you find signs of bed bugs, don’t bring that furniture into your home until you have it treated by a professional.
These are just a few of the many ways bed bugs are passively spread to our homes. When you travel, take precautions to prevent these bugs from coming home with you. Do a quick inspection of any room you stay in while away from home, keep your laundry stored in sealed plastic bags, and consider putting your luggage in plastic bags as well. When you get home from a trip, put all of your laundry items in the washer on the highest heat setting.
When people come to stay at your house, be aware that they can bring bed bugs with them. After they leave, immediately vacuum the room they stayed in and wash all the bedding they used. Also make sure to keep an eye out for the signs of bed bug infestation after having visitors.
It is important to teach your family members how to detect bed bugs and the signs of bed bugs as well. When dealing with bed bugs, awareness is your most powerful weapon.
If bed bugs ever infest your New Jersey home, contact Superior Pest Solutions for a K-9 inspection and industry-leading heat remediation. We’ll help you get rid of the bugs, the first time!