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Why Did Bed Bugs Target Me?

There is still a stigma attached to bed bugs. Even in these days when bed bug infestations are popping up everywhere across the United States, people still ask the question, “Why me?” After all, bed bugs target dirty people, right? Actually, that is not true. Bed bugs are not drawn to filth. They don’t eat dirt, grime, or sweat. These pests are drawn to blood.

Having bed bugs is no different than having any other pest that may invade your home. They don’t choose to live in a house because it is dirty. They choose it because it offers them the food source they require to survive, and protection from the outside environment. Your home is ideal for these bugs, no matter how clean it is. There is nothing to be ashamed of.

“So, what drew them to my house?”

You did. If you stayed somewhere other than your home, and these bugs were present, they probably fed on you and then tucked themselves into your belongings. If you traveled on public transportation and these bugs were infesting a seat cushion, they could have sensed the heat from your body and the carbon dioxide emissions you were giving off and climbed into your clothing. Sometimes, they will simply lay their eggs in the seam of a bag, pocketbook, or garment, and it is that batch of eggs that begin the infestation in your home. Bed bug eggs do not need the mother to hatch. If you bring an item into your house that has eggs on it, and don’t wash that item at the hottest temperature, those eggs can live long enough to hatch.

“Okay. I have bed bugs. Now, what?”

Once you realize you have bed bugs, there are two things you need to know. How to get rid of them, and how to avoid them in the future. Getting rid of bed bugs is extremely difficult and requires specialized equipment and specialized knowledge. These pests are notorious for evading pest control measures, and resilient enough to tuck themselves away for months until it is safe to return to areas of a house where they can feed again. Don’t trust bed bug extermination to do-it-yourself methods from the internet. An experienced and professional pest controller is the way to eradicate these bugs.

Once the bed bugs are gone, it is important to take measures that will protect your home from future infestations. Knowing that these are hitchhiking pests, and looking for signs of their presence when you are away from home, is the best way to keep them from riding home with you.

If you need bed bug extermination, reach out to us. At Active Pest Control, we have earned national certifications for excellence in pest control and are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. We’d be happy to walk you through the options and help you rid your home or business of these blood-eating pests. You can trust Active Pest Control for all your bed bug needs.

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