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Do Pets Bring Home Bed Bugs?

Bed Bug Control | February 5, 2019

Do Pets Bring Home Bed Bugs

We associate many pests with pets, but bed bugs are not one of them. These nasty, biting, menaces are all about humans and very rarely bother with pets. If you have bed bugs in your home or business, they are likely there because of humans. This blog is all about bed bugs, where you find them, and how they got there, and most importantly how to get rid of them.

A Brief Look At Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are hemipterans – true bugs, and they are one of the few species of insects that target mostly humans. They are small, feed only on blood, and they hide well. We don’t often see bed bugs around our house because they come out at night. That is part of their defense. They attack us while we sleep when we are defenceless.

Where Do You Find Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are everywhere. Where you find large groups of humans, you find beg bugs. These are not insects who care who you are so you find them the richest, plushest of places as well as the poorest neighborhoods and shanties. The more you travel or move the more likely you are to encounter bed bugs. They don’t care if your house is spotlessly clean or filthy. They have not come to eat your food. They have come to eat your blood. It is common to find bed bugs in hotels and places where people travel to, such as resorts, cruise ships, and hostiles. It is not uncommon to find them neighborhoods and in homes. Apartments and multifamily dwellings – condos, RV parks, and the like are all places where you might find bed bugs.

That new house you just bought, might have a little surprise. People move all the time and not only take bed bugs with them but leave them behind as well. This is not a welcoming present anyone needs. Bed bugs are good at hiding and they can live for nearly a year without eating. So, even if the house has been emptied for a while, it may still have bed bugs. The short answer to where you find bed bugs is pretty much everywhere.

How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are really difficult to get rid of if you don’t understand how they operate. Pesticides are dangerous to use in doors and not recommended on beds, bedding, and clothing. Bed bugs also hide in spots where pesticides cannot reach. You can find them hiding behind baseboards, in walls, and under flooring. Each night they haul themselves out of their holes and make their way towards whichever warm body is closest. Once they find you, they drink your blood by inserting their tiny needle-like mouth into your flesh.

The most effect treatment is extreme heat and steam. Both of which are safe to use on most bedding, clothing and beds. Steam also travels to places where pesticides cannot, and it does a better job of killing bed bugs.  These treatments are best handled by a professional as the house will likely need to be tented to retain the heat. For more information on getting rid of bed bugs around in the greater Austin area, just give us a call. We provide affordable bed bug extermination that is fast and efficient.

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