How Did I Get Bedbugs?

    Bed bugs are really good at hiding. Their tiny bodies fit inside fabric seams and crevices and it can be very hard to determine how exactly they came to infect your home. They are known to hitch rides on clothes, luggage, furniture, pillows, boxes, and so on. Time to put on your detective hat and figure out what triggered your infestation.

    The number one culprit is usually used furniture, especially mattresses. If you’ve bought or brought in any furniture recently, check there first.

    However, if you haven’t brought in any furniture, here are a few ways to track down the source and cause of your infestation.

    If only one bedroom seems to be the problem, focus your efforts there. Check the mattress, bed frame, headboard and bed linens. If people watch TV or nap on a nearby couch, check there next.

    If a guest stayed with you or if a traveler returned home shortly before the first signs of infestation, inspect the area where their luggage was stored. It’s important to also check out the bed where they slept, then move on to the next nearest place where people sleep.

    If you live in an apartment complex and your infestation persists despite multiple visits from a professional, the bed bugs might be coming in from a neighboring apartment. You should focus on checking the rooms that share a wall with a neighbor and remember to also check any shared laundry room.

    Once you track down the item or the area that’s causing the problem, the easiest thing to do is protect your belongings by using encasements. These come in many shapes and forms: encasements for your mattress, box spring, pillows, encasements for your laundry, luggage liners, and even garment bags that you can hang up. Your home will be bed bug-free in no time!

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