Bed bugs are elusive creatures, often found in mattresses and box springs, behind headboards, inside switch plates in couch cushions or in furniture seams. They are excellent “hitchhikers.” By hiding in clothing, they inadvertently go along for a ride to a new location, leading to their spreading.
Thought to be introduced with early colonists, bed bugs re-surged about ten years ago in hotels and homes. It was attributed to increased international travel in addition to their ability to build up resistance to insecticides.
Bed bugs can be found anywhere there are people, particularly in areas with large populations. They have been reported in apartments, hotels, schools, retail stores, single-family homes and multi-family homes among others. Even five star hotels are susceptible to these pesky critters.
Bed bugs continue to be most common in residences with more than 98% encountering them in apartments and in single-family homes according to the NPMA. Other locations still include:
- Hotels/Motels: 75%
- College Dorms: 47%
- Shelters: 47%
- Nursing Homes: 46%
- Schools/Day Cares: 41%
- Office Buildings: 36%
- Retail Stores: 15%
A misunderstood mystery
Discovering bed bugs in such locations isn’t very surprising, considering their close association with humans but this shouldn’t cause panic or create fear. Often times the truth is often fabricated about bed bugs but Northwest is here to give you the facts:
- Although bed bugs have been found to carry more than thirty different human pathogens, there is no evidence that they transmit disease to humans.
- Bed bug presence has nothing to do with cleanliness. Bed bugs can be found anywhere there is a food source. However clutter can hide bed bug introductions which can lead to more severe infestations.
- Bed bugs can be found anywhere not just in beds.
Bottom line is protection
Bed bugs are becoming a huge problem. Fact is they are becoming more a reality than media hype. It is important to protect your home and your business. They’re great at hiding and have been known to hitchhike in luggage, personal belongings or even you. Once indoors, they can be very difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist. You can reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early. Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation.
What Texas Bug Team does
Bed bugs are sneaky and hard to find, but your Texas Bug Team is trained to pinpoint evidence if they are around. On the first visit, he will examine your entire home including the bed, furniture, rugs, and linens. He will conduct an inspection of target areas, and if required, use tools to check cracks and crevices.
If the inspection confirms an infestation, your Texas Bug Team will recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the infestation and your preferences. He will use the best tools and science to address the causes and treat your bed bug problem in the best way for your family, pets, and the environment.
Multiple service visits may be required to eliminate bed bug infestations.
Texas Bug Team