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Secrets Bed Bugs Don't Want You To Know

December 4, 2015

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It is that season again. This is the time of year when many Americans are on the move, visiting friends and relatives for the holidays. They will travel by car, plane, train, bus, and boat to see the people in their lives that matter most, but travel is not without its risks - so we take precautions. We don't travel by boat if a tropical storm is brewing. We don't travel by plane if the runways are going to be dangerously icy. And we always make sure everything is planned in advance, especially if we have to be on a long bus trip with several bus changes.
There are some dangers that simply can't be accounted for. You don't know if the train you've chosen will have engine issues that cause you to be late to the next station and unable to catch your next train. You don't know if your flight will be cancelled, and whether or not you'll have and unexpected overnight stay in a strange city. There is no accounting for traffic or storms or other travelers; however, some things can be accounted for, as long as you know what to look for.
Here are the 5 secrets bed bugs don't want you to know during your holiday travels:

  • They don't want you to know how they get into your home. We all know that bed bugs are hitchhikers, but do you know that you don't have to have any bugs crawling around in your stuff to bring a bed bug infestation home with you? Bed bug eggs do not need the mother to hatch. So, if a bed bug lays some tiny white eggs in the seam of your luggage that is all that is needed to start a major infestation.

  • They don't want you to know where they hide. We are all aware that bed bugs live and hide inside mattresses, but do you know that they can be in other things too? Bed bugs have been found living in couches, chairs, back boards, baseboards, outlets, and electronics.

  • They don't want you to know what signs to look for. Look for smears of black feces; shed insect casings; dried blood stains; light brown urine stains; or these oval, rust-colored bugs themselves in all the places mentioned above.

  • They don't want you to know where they live. We all know that bed bugs can be picked up at hotels and motels, but do you know that these bugs can live in public transportation? If you are traveling by plane, train, bus, boat, or taxi, you should be aware that bed bugs have been found living in all of these places.

These bugs also don't want you to know that Moyer Pest employs trained professionals who use bed bug sniffing dogs to locate bed bugs before they can even hatch from their eggs. If you've been on a trip and you did not actively look for bed bugs, give us a call.
Be safe during your holiday travels. Know the signs to look for and keep these hitchhiking bugs from returning home with you. A bed bug infestation is something you can live without.

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