All The Ways Bed Bugs Get Into Greensboro Homes

March 9, 2021

Many household pests are attracted to dirt and filth, but bed bugs are unique in that they don’t care how clean or dirty your home might be. Rather, they’re attracted to warm bodies and hiding places, and nothing else. There are a few ways in which they can get into your home, and to better understand how to protect your property from such bed bugs, you need to know how they get into buildings in the first place.

bed bug crawling on mattress

Potential Entrances For Bed Bugs

Bed bugs enter homes in search of a host. To survive, these Greensboro pests need to eat blood, and anywhere with people is anywhere with a convenient blood buffet. Unlike some other pests, bed bugs don’t always just waltz into your property: they can crawl, but usually prefer to expend minimal energy by hitching rides on people’s belongings.

They are among the best hitchhikers in the entire pest world, and often reliant on people to get from one place to another. You can usually find bed bugs in travel hubs, where they may crawl into your bags or suitcases.

At other times, bed bugs travel in your clothes. If you put a jacket on the floor of a room that has bed bugs, a parasite could crawl into your jacket and get a ride home, completely unbeknownst to you. They may even be hiding in furniture from a friend or a second-hand store. 

Who’s At Risk For Bed Bugs?

Unfortunately, the habits of bed bugs make everyone in danger of experiencing an infestation. Everyone is in danger of experiencing trouble with bed bugs, but people who travel or spend time in overnight facilities are more likely to face a higher risk of encountering bed bugs.

If you live in a place where residences are very close together, you’re also placed at greater risk. You can’t control your neighbors, and they could have bed bugs in their homes.

Ways To Keep Bed Bugs Out Of Your Home

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to keep out of your Greensboro home. In addition to being attracted to your home regardless of cleanliness, they are also sly. Bed bugs can hitchhike into your home on furniture, in suitcases, or a friend’s jacket.

Due to the many ways in which bed bugs can invade your home, they are difficult to prevent. However, you can try doing all of the following to deter bed bugs:

Check Furniture From Second-Hand Stores

Before you bring any used furniture into your home, inspect it for signs of bed bugs. If you see a bed bug or have any reason to suspect bed bugs, don’t purchase the item. Bringing it into your home could cost you.

Be Cautious While Traveling

You can’t completely avoid traveling, but you can be careful while you travel. Instead of placing your suitcase on the floor, place it on a raised surface away from the wall. When you arrive home after a trip, check your clothes and luggage for bed bugs. 

Eliminate Entrances

To avoid these pests from traveling from a neighbor’s house, close up all potential entrances. Seal holes and crevices in your home and use door sweeps under your doors. If there are no entrances to let them in, the bed bugs will stay out.

Work With Us

Bed bugs are so hard to prevent on your own, but whether you want advice with bed bug prevention or removal, Go-Forth Pest Control can help. Give us a call today and learn more about our services. 

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