What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs. You have heard the word but do you really know anything about this creature? Most people do not. Many do not even realize that they actually exist. But, they do and they may be lurking in your home, in your bedding or even in your carpeting.
It is essential that you take the time necessary to learn more about these pests. By doing this it will help you to succeed in treating them, and having a home that is free from an infestation of the worst kind. While some of the information you will read here is a bit graphic, you will learn from it just why it is so important for you to rid yourself and your home of these nasty little creatures.
What Are They? The bed bug is a creature that likes to feed off of human beings. It is his food of choice. If they can not find a person to feed from, they will select other warm blooded animals to use as a host for their necessary feeding. This can include your pets like cats and dogs. It also includes birds, rodents and bats as well. Their food is that of the host’s blood.
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With that being true, you usually find these creatures in locations were there is food for them. They are found in homes and in other locations where there is a good amount of hosts. This would include in places like hotels, motels, shelters, apartment buildings, dorm rooms at colleges, and even prisons. Anyplace that there is a good source of human hosts, in a large turnover amount, is a good place to find bed bugs.
How Do They Get There?
If you have a home, you may be wondering how these bugs have gotten into it. One of the major ways in which bed bugs do infest is through means of transportation that we all use. Often, they can invest methods of transportation such as busing lines, trains, and various types of passenger and commercial ships and even in the airlines.
They can literally infest these locations because there is a large amount of hosts located in them. Because there is usually a large amount of people in any of these places at any given time, they make for the ideal location to be if you are a bed bug.
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So, how do they get from these transportation units into your home? Bed bugs are able to be transported from any of these transportation methods to your home in several ways.
- They can be transported through the clothing of their host person.
- They can be transported through the luggage that comes from an infested location.
- They can come through furniture that is carried on board one of these units.
- They can come from bedding as well.
There are plenty of ways in which the bed bug can make his journey from one place to the next. Often times, people have no idea that the location they are staying in, such as a hotel room, is infested. They then come home; luggage packed, bringing the bed bugs with them.