Bed Bugs In Virginia
Virginia has a lot to offer. That is why people come from all over the country to vacation here. They come to visit all of the many historical sites and museums. They come for the natural beauty, the mountains, and the winding country roads. They enjoy all that Washington DC has to offer by way of Alexandria, and settle in for some resort-side fun at beautiful Virginia Beach. But humans aren't the only creatures that think Virginia is amazing. Bed bugs love it here too. Here are a few reasons why.
You may have heard that a heat treatment can be applied to exterminate bed bugs. This is true - but a temperature above 115 F is required to kill these bugs. That's really hot. When temperatures are in the 70s, 80s. and 90s, bed bugs are happy bugs. Homes and businesses in Virginia that are not temperature controlled are a perfect breeding site for bed bugs because it can stay warm enough for bed bugs around 9 months out of the year.
While bed bugs don't require high humidity to survive, they love it. Moisture in the air makes the body of a bed bug move like a well-oiled machine. In a man-made structure that is exposed to the outside climate, these bugs can thrive. They will breed faster and be more active.
All Those People
Bed bugs love people. The more people, the happier those bugs are. So one of the biggest reasons bed bugs thrive in Virginia is because we have a lot of people here. More specifically, we have a lot of people who pass through our state. When those people come to see Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, Appomattox, and many other historical sites, they can leave bed bugs in hotels, motels, timeshares, and more.
Bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs. They can hide in luggage, bags, bedding, clothing, electronics, sleeping bags, and other carriables. If someone visits Virginia, and they don't realize they have a bed bug infestation in their home, they can accidentally bring those bugs here. They can also pick bed bugs up during their travels.
Bed bugs spread by passive dispersal. That is to say, they don't go from house to house or house to business on their own. They are carried. Sometimes adult bugs will be carried from location to location but it is usually a batch of eggs that get an infestation started. A single female can lay 5 eggs a day. If these eggs are left in an object that is transportable, they can hatch in a new location and begin an infestation. Bed bug eggs do not need to be tended to by the female bed bug.
What To Do About Bed Bugs In Virginia
These blood-eating pests are a problem all over the country and, here in Virginia, the same pest-control methods and products are used to control them. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from bed bugs:
Do a close inspection when you stay overnight somewhere. Search the bed and bedding for black stains, black streaks, tiny white eggs, insect skins, brown stains, or the presence of bed bugs. You may also notice a smell in an infested room. Bed bugs release a pheromone that some describe as a moist, locker room towel. Yes. That is as disgusting as it sounds.
While on a trip, keep dirty clothes in a sealed plastic bag. Bed bugs are attracted to items that have been worn.
When returning from a trip, put all clothing and bedding in a hot dryer for 60 to 80 minutes. This will kill bed bugs in all stages of development.
Do a detailed inspection of the seams, cracks, and crevices of luggage, bags, and other transportable items. Look for tiny white eggs, shed skins, or the presence of bed bugs.
If you ever find bed bugs infesting your home, call a professional. DIY bed bug extermination can be dangerous. It's just not worth it.
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