There are many ways pests can get into your Virginia home. Some come into your yard in search of food, water, and harborage and accidentally get in through your exterior walls. Some have wings and can fly right in through an open door or window. Some tunnel under the ground and chew their way into the wood of your home. But bed bugs don't do any of these things. Bed bugs don't live in your yard. They don't have wings. And they definitely don't chew on wood. So how do they get in? We're glad you asked.
Bed bugs are hitchhiking insects. Like the soldiers in the Trojan horse, bed bugs stow away in objects that we allow into our homes. They can be in a piece of used furniture you picked up at a yard sale. They can be in the sleeping bag your son or daughter used at a sleepover. They could be in the luggage you used for your last vacation. Here are more clever ways bed bugs can enter your Virginia home.
- Inside eggs tucked in the seam of a hardback book from the library.
- In a gym bag brought home from school.
- In a bag left with your child at daycare.
- In the pocket of your grandmother, visiting from the retirement home.
- In the pocketbook of your nextdoor neighbor visiting for a few minutes before work.
- In your pocket or pocketbook after returned from a movie theater.
- In a package of clothing from an online retailer.
We could go on and on. But do you see the problem? Bed bugs don't just come home with you from your trip to the Bahamas. They can be brought into your home at any time from any place. They can come in with your kids. They can come in with your family. They can come in with your friends. They can even come in with you. How on earth do you stop a pest like that? We have a few suggestions:
- Before traveling, check bedbugregistry.com to see if the accommodations you'll be staying in have had a bed bug report posted.
- During vacations and other trips away from home, put laundry items in a sealed plastic bag, such as a trash bag with a bread tie around the top. Bed bugs are attracted to items that have been worn. This is also one of the reasons they are drawn to get into luggage. It is never a good idea to put laundry items straight into your luggage if you're concerned about having a bed bug infestation.
- When returning from a trip, do a detailed inspection of the seams in your luggage and bags. If you see tiny white eggs, use rubbing alcohol to destroy them.
- When returning from a trip, wash all your clothing on the hottest setting.
- Steer clear of purchasing used furniture, or check furniture thoroughly for the presence of black streaks, light brown stains, black stains, shed insect skins, white eggs, or bed bugs themselves.
- Teach everyone in your home to properly identify bed bugs in all stage of development. Recognizing a bed bug can be the warning you need to take extra precautions while traveling.
- Teach everyone in your home to recognize the signs bed bugs leave behind.
- Do an inspection of guest areas after having someone spend the night.
Bed bug infestations have been steadily on the rise in the United States. In the 80s and 90s, entomologists were hard pressed to find a bed bug in the U.S. to study one. Now, infestations are common all across the country. Virginia is no exception. Reports have come in from all over the state. Be cautious and take precaution. These are tormenting pests.
If you should happen to have a bed bug infestation take root in your Virginia home, find out if you're in our service area. RichPro Pest Management serves the greater Richmond area with the most advanced pest control available in the industry. Our highly trained pest professionals use a wide range of products and strategies to get those bugs every time. And, with so many options at their fingertips, they can give you a competitive price and unparalleled, individualized service. Get started by requesting a free, no-obligation inspection and estimate. We'll get you the information you need to take care of that infestation.