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What is the Main Cause of Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are unfortunately a relatively common nuisance in households and commercial establishments across Suffolk County & Nassau County. If you’ve found these pests indoors, you’re likely wondering how they got there. 

In most cases, bed bugs hitch a ride indoors by clinging onto fabric or luggage. They may also hide inside of furniture or clothing. Since they are only about the size of an appleseed, it can be incredibly difficult to spot these tiny pests before accidentally carrying them into your space.

What is the main cause of bed bugs

Why Are There Bed Bugs In My House?

Bed bugs can enter homes through various means. Pretty much anytime you go into a public space, you run the risk—no matter how slight—of picking up these pests. If you have bed bugs, they may have gotten indoors by:

  • Hiding on your purse, backpack, or luggage
  • Hitching a ride on used furniture, especially if it’s upholstered
  • Staying in luggage after traveling or returning from a college dorm

If you live in an apartment complex, the insects may also have traveled to your unit from another. Shared laundry spaces are also a common place to inadvertently pick these pests up.

Why Do Bed Bugs Stay in Bedrooms?

If you have an infestation, you’re more likely to find bed bugs in your room than anywhere else in the house. That’s because these pests are nocturnal and feed while the hosts are sleeping. Bed bugs prefer human hosts so they often congregate near beds, but they may also stay near pet beds or birdcages if the infestation is particularly severe. 

Bedrooms also often contain numerous hiding spots and crevices, such as cracks in furniture, seams of mattresses, and folds of bedding. These environments offer bed bugs ideal hiding places during daylight hours, allowing them to remain concealed and undisturbed.

What to Do If You Have Bed Bugs

Discovering a bed bug infestation can be distressing and you may be tempted to tear the house apart and clean every inch. However, staying calm and taking a more methodical approach is best. If you have bed bugs, follow these steps:

  • Identify infested areas and, if possible, wrap infested items in plastic
  • Avoid moving furniture, which can spread bed bugs to new rooms
  • Vacuum and declutter the area as much as possible
  • Apply a bug-proof mattress encasement to your bed

Contact a professional for a thorough treatment

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