Bed bugs are one of the worst pests you can have in your home. They require professional treatment, and they can easily and quickly infest your entre home. They’re so small that it’s easy to overlook these pests. Before you know it, you may have brought some bed bugs home with you. Here are some of the common places where you might pick up bed bugs. By being more vigilant in these places, you can avoid an infestation.
Hotels are one of the most common places for people to pick up bed bugs. You will want to thoroughly check the room as soon as you get into it. Don’t unpack or sit on anything until you do. Lift up the mattress, look around the bed, check the cushions of any chairs or sofas, and inspect any other area where you think bed bugs could be hiding. Once you feel certain that the hotel room is fine, then you can unpack and relax.
Because of the number of people who bring their sheets and blankets to the laundromat, it’s easy for bed bugs to hitch a ride and then go home with someone else. They drop off the linens before they’re put into the washing machine, then they crawl into someone’s basket of fresh laundry. Some people even knowingly take potentially infested linens to the laundromat because the dryers there typically have very high heat settings. You should always use this setting to kill any bed bugs that might have already slipped into your clothing. Also avoid sharing folding tables or placing your clothing near other people’s baskets or bags.
Bugs, Subways, and Other Public Transportation Methods
Bed bugs can drop off clothing anywhere, and that includes on the seats of a bus or a subway car. From there, it’s easy for them to slip into a pocket or shoe. It can be very difficult to see bed bugs or search for them on public transportation. The best you can do is change and wash your clothing as soon as possible, but that can be a challenge if you have to use public transportation daily.
Assisted Living Homes and Care Facilities
If you have a loved one who lives in an assisted living or other long-term care facility, carefully check their room for bed bugs when you visit. Like hotels, it’s very easy for a bed bug infestation to spread through these facilities. Every room could be infested before the staff even realizes it.
These are just a few of the places you could pick up bed bugs. If you do, you need an expert to handle them. Contact us today to have your Missoula bed bug infestation destroyed.