How do bed bugs travel from one place to another besides walking

How Do Bed Bugs Travel?bedbugs travel

Bed bugs are among the most notorious pests on the planet. Once they find their way into your home, only a trained professional can completely eliminate them. Even then, there’s always a chance they can come back if you’re not careful. Here’s a brief look at how bed bugs travel between infestation sites and what you can do to avoid these unwanted guests:

Bed Bug Resurgence

Between the 1940s to the 1980s, the bed bug population in the U.S. reached its lowest point ever. Once the pesticide DDT was banned in the 1980s, bed bugs began to make a comeback. According to the U.S. National Pest Management Association, the U.S. saw over 70% more bed bug infestations from 2000 to 2005. One of the biggest factors to influence this resurgence was the increase in international travel.

Travel Methods

Since bed bugs feed on human blood, they tend to live in mattresses, furniture, and other places where they’re likely to catch a meal. Hotels and hostels are known for accommodating a large number of people in a short period of time, and are thus most likely to have bed bugs. Some of the bed bugs from an infested hotel can latch onto the clothes of an unwitting traveler and ride with that traveler all the way home—either on his person or in his suitcase.

Preventing Stowaways

The next time you sleep in a different bed—whether it’s in a hotel in Europe or a friend’s house in New Mexico—check the mattress for eggs, black spots, discarded skins, or other signs of bed bugs. It’s also a good idea to keep your suitcase off the floor. Once you get home from vacation, immediately put all your clothes in the washer and start the load on a high heat.

Bed bugs will infest your home if given half a chance.

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