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Bed bug infestations continue to climb in the United States. Here in West Palm beach, where the weather is perfect for all living creatures, it isn't surprising that we are seeing more and more bed bugs infestations. Surprisingly, this doesn't actually have anything to do with the weather. Bed bugs aren't outdoor pests that get inside West Palm Beach homes; they are indoor pests that travel from one man-made structure to another. The rise in bed bug infestation in our area has much more to do with travel and tourism. This is just one of the ways residents in West Palm Beach can get the wrong idea about bed bugs, and why we get a lot of questions about these bugs. If you have questions, take a moment to look through these frequently asked bed bugs questions. The more you know about bed bugs in West Palm Beach, the better.

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"Where are bed bugs found?"

This question can have several implications. If you want to know what items a bed bug will infest, there are many. They can be found:

  • In mattresses, box springs, and bed frames.

  • In nightstands, chairs, couches, and other furniture.

  • In alarm clocks, stereos, computers, and other electronics.

  • Behind baseboards and crown molding.

  • Under carpet edges.

  • Inside wall outlets and wall voids.

  • In bookbags, backpacks, duffel bags, pocketbooks, and luggage.

If you're wondering where in your home you'll find bed bugs, there is one rule of thumb to consider. Bed bugs will be anywhere that people sleep, lounge, or sit. While they prefer to feed on you while you're sleeping, and will be activated at night by a rise in carbon dioxide emissions, they can feed on you anytime you sit or lounge.

If you're wondering what businesses can have bed bugs, the list is long. Obviously, hotels, motels, and resorts are top of the list, but these are far from the only businesses that can have a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs have been found infesting:

  • Movie theaters

  • Daycare centers

  • Retail stores

  • Libraries

  • Schools

  • Universities

  • Taxi cabs and other forms of public transportation

"What is the main cause of a bed bug infestation?"

These are hitchhiking bugs that spread passively. When they climb into an object to hide, or to lay their eggs, the objects can become the source of a new infestation. As an example, a female bed bug that climbs into a pocketbook and lays her eggs makes that pocketbook a movable source of infestation. Those bed bug eggs can hatch on their own. When they do, they will emerge from the darkness and tight spaces within the pocketbook and search for darkness, compressed areas, cracks, crevices, and other tight spaces near where people sleep, lounge, or sit.

"Do bed bugs spread diseases?"

There are many bugs that can transmit human pathogens, but don't confuse bugs like ticks, fleas or mosquitoes for a bed bug. There are some very big differences. Because bed bugs are indoor pests, they aren't readily exposed to urban wildlife, which can be reservoirs for diseases. They also have a preference for human blood and will remain close to the humans in your home. If rodents get into your home, it isn't likely that bed bugs will feed on them because bed bugs don't prefer their blood and rodents don't prefer to be close to where you're sleeping. They hang out near your food or in secluded locations within your home. For this, and other reasons, bed bugs are not a medical concern. There are currently no reported cases of bed bug-to-human disease transmission.

"What home remedies get rid of bed bugs?"

  • There are many things that can exterminate a bed bug on contact, but it is nearly impossible to spray bed bugs because they hide in extremely tight spaces and the voids within objects.

  • There are many traps that can kill bed bugs, but bed bugs work as a group to avoid danger.

  • There are many natural ways to kill bed bugs, such as with heat, but these fall short when implemented wrong.

The Best Way To Eliminate Bed Bugs

If you live in West Palm Beach, let the licensed pest professionals here at Native Pest Management locate and eliminate the bed bugs in your home. There are far too many ways these bugs can avoid your attempts to get rid of them. You don't have to let the bed bugs bite. Reach out to us for assistance today.

 

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