The name “bed bugs” gives off the impression that these critters are only found in beds. Yes, they are often located in beds, but they are also found in many places you would never suspect, places you may even visit on a daily basis!
- Libraries: Crawling into bed with a book suddenly takes on a completely different meaning. When people check out a book, they take it home and most of the time, read it in bed (where bed bugs reside), so when they return it, the next person who checks out the book will bring the bed bugs into their home. And the cycle continues.
- Workplace: Bed bugs may hitch a ride to the office on employees’ clothes or personal items, such as backpacks, briefcases or boxes. If they are in employees’ homes, it is very possible they are coming with them to work, too.
- Retirement Homes: Sixty percent of pest control professionals have found bed bugs in nursing homes in the past year, a 14 percent increase since 2013. Why? When the elderly move into retirement homes, they bring their old furniture (possibly bed bug infested furniture) with them. Plus, older people also don’t see or feel things very well, so they may not even realize they have bed bug bites. The good thing is that many retirement homes require canine inspections for bed bugs.
- Movie Theaters: Moviegoers may be watching films with more than just their friends. The cushy, upholstered seats have become a bed bug’s favorite place to get a quick meal. Attendees should think twice before bringing too many personal items into a theater or else they may be leaving with more friends than they came with.
- Laundry Facilities: It may be one of the cleanest spots in town, but that doesn’t mean bed bugs aren’t there too. Keep dirty laundry away from others to avoid cross contamination at the laundromat. The hotter the water the better the chance of killing off the bed bugs.
- Planes, Trains and Buses: It’s public transportation, people. Thousands of travelers jump out of bed, put on their clothes and head to their mode transportation every day, and bed bugs are known as hitchhikers.
Are you itchy yet? As you can see, homes and hotels are not the only places that need bed bug inspections. No matter where you are or what you are doing, if you are concerned that there may be an infestation, contact us to discuss and ensure that your home or business is a safe place.