The bed bug’s namesake is a little misleading…
Here’s my first post in a series called “Bed Bugs: 12 Tips to Help You Sleep Easy.” It’s also available as a free eBook on our Web Site at: www.LaruePest.com.
A more appropriate name could very well be, “How did they get there? I want them out!” bug.
The point is, if you want to rid bed bugs from your home, you might have to think outside the box—or bed.
Bed bugs are super annoying because they happen to be good at everything—like your high school’s homecoming queen.
Bed bugs travel easily and quickly along pipes and boards, and their bodies are very flat, which allows them to hide in tiny crevices. They are sneaky little things and know how to stay out of the light, preferring to remain in such places as:
- your mattress seams,
- mattress interiors,
- bed frames,
- nearby furniture,
- between the pages of books (watch out Harry Potter!) ,
- inner walls,
- tiny wood holes, and/or, (not that we’re assuming you have any)
- room clutter!
So why are they called bed bugs, then?
If you sleep in your bed, whether or not you splurged for the 2000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, bed bugs will more likely than not be sharing it with you because YOU are their meal ticket.
No food stamps needed here. Just you.
Bed bugs tend not to travel further than 100 feet from their personal All-You-Can-Eat buffet (aka YOU), and will usually remain close to their blood supply in the same bedroom or living quarters where people sleep.
But think. If you want to rid bed bugs from your home, you must think like a bed bug.
Your bed might not be the only place you habitually open a package of Oreo’s and fall asleep while watching Real Housewives of Orange County. If you want to rid bed bugs, think about yours and your family’s patterns, where you nap, where you rest, etc.
This includes upholstered chairs, love seats, sofas, plush furniture, futons, etc., as well as other non-traditional beds such as camping cots, floor pads, hide-a-beds, bean bags, strollers, cradles, etc.
Bed bugs are opportunists that will attempt to nest in any of these sleeping structures if given the right circumstances. If children are in the house, bed bugs may also hide in toys and other recreational objects or in areas where younger ones play and/or nap. Creepy!
Other unassuming places bed begs have been found in include but are not limited to:
- Door hinges
- Electrical fittings
- Fire alarms
- Lighting fixtures
- Inside electronic devices
- Underneath linoleum
- Scattered paper
Seriously? What could possibly dwell in Velcro unless it was truly evil?
It’s time to make sure you are prepared to rid bed bugs from the secret locations in your home, if you’re ready, contact us online, or give us a call at (800) 314-8813.