Why Yard Sales and Flea Markets Can Be Hot Spots for Bed Bug Activity
September 28, 2018
We all know that we can get bed bugs from hotels, motels, and other sleep accommodations. This is because bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs. When you stay the night somewhere, those bugs can get into your belongings--or lay eggs in them--eggs that can hatch when you bring those items back home. But hotels and motels aren't the only places you can get bed bugs. Today we're going to take a look at how bed bugs can be a threat at yard sales and flea markets.
When you go on vacation, you can pick bed bugs up. This is true for anyone. If you go to a yard sale or visit a flea market, it is important to remember this. It could save you from getting an infestation.
Before items are put out on someone's lawn, or brought into a flea market, they are usually in someone's house. If that home is infested with bed bugs, those bugs could be transferred to you. Bed bugs can hide in furniture, clothing, bags, boxes, luggage, electronics, and more.
There are two things you should know about bed bug infestations:
You may have heard that bed bugs infest dirty homes, but this is not true. These insects have been found in the cleanest of homes. They're not attracted to filth, they will live anywhere they can get a blood meal.
It takes time for a bed bug infestation to rear its ugly head. When an infestation takes root, initial bites will be from immature nymphs, and these bites will not be as pronounced as the bites of adult bed bugs. So the people selling their items on their lawn, in their garage, or at a flea market, may not know that they have bed bugs.
Bed Bug Prevention
If you like buying items at yard sales and flea markets, we get it. You can find some pretty sweet deals in these places. Just be sure to closely examine the items you buy. Look for black streaks, place patches, tiny black droppings, brown blood staining, tiny white eggs, shed insect skins, or the presence of bed bugs. Wash and dry any clothing your purchase on the hottest temperature to kill bed bugs in all stages of development.
If bed bugs get past your inspection and infest your home, it is important to understand that DIY bed bug control is rarely successful. Reach out to a pest control company and make sure you get those bugs out, the first time.