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Bed Bugs Only Infest Dirty Homes… Right?

September 7, 2018

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When you think of a home infested with bed bugs, what is the first comes to mind? Besides the inevitable shudder, just the thought gives you, you probably begin to picture the living conditions that would foster such pests. Perhaps you imagine yellow-stained mattresses with dirty comforters balled up in the corner, trash and half-eaten containers of food littering the floor, and enough dust and grime coating everything to require a fair amount of elbow grease to get rid of them.

Of course, if you do have a mental picture of where bed bugs thrive, that means you also have a mental picture of where you think they wouldn’t thrive. When that question is posed, you probably imagine the house your friend owns, which makes you feel like you are walking into a magazine shoot every time you step through the door. The counters are spotless, the decor is beautiful, and the floors gleam. Surely a place that clean couldn’t harbor such nasty pests… could it?

As much as we’d like to think that bed bugs are as easy to keep at bay as having a clean home, the unfortunate reality is that bed bugs are equal-opportunity pests. That’s right; bed bugs are just as likely to show up in your friend’s picture-perfect home as they are to show up in the squalid shack down the road. 

The reason for this is two-fold.

 Bed bugs don’t require dirty living conditions to survive. They simply need a food source and shelter. Any home with humans or animals will provide both of those things. Bed bugs feed on blood. They’ll typically come out at night and bite you while you’re sleeping, then head back into hiding during the day.
Bed bugs can easily move from place to place because they are expert travelers. They’ll climb onto clothing, luggage, purses, bags, or boxes, and then be transported on those things to a new home where they’ll set up shop and start to multiply.

Although bed bugs can survive in any home, it is true that keeping a clean home can help prevent them, mainly because you’ll be more likely to spot them, or the signs of them, more quickly.

Similarly, while a home full of clutter isn’t inherently more likely to have a bed bug infestation, if bed bugs enter a home with a lot of clutter, they’ll find many more places to hide, making it much harder to discover them. This also makes it harder to treat for them once you do discover the problem because, with more hiding spots available, there are more areas that could potentially be missed during treatment.

All in all, bed bugs can be found in the dirtiest home in your neighborhood, the cleanest home in your neighborhood, and every home in between. The most important thing you can do when you discover a bed bug infestation is to call a professional pest control company. Bed bugs are incredibly good at hiding (they’ve even been known to hide in electrical outlets) and any DIY method of treatment is sure to leave some behind, leaving you with the same problem you started with.
In order to discover and eradicate the entire bed bug population residing in your home, call Moyer Pest Control. We use a specially trained K-9 to detect bed bugs with a high degree of accuracy, then use a heat treatment to eliminate them from even the hardest-to-reach hiding spots. Call Moyer at the first sign of a bed bug infestation. We’re here to help!

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