Many homeowners in North Carolina will at some point be faced with a bedbug infestation. How did they get in without an invite? Action Pest Exterminating, a company well-known for its preventive pest control and bedbug treatment capabilities, covers some of the most common ways that bedbugs to infiltrate a home.
Flea Markets/Yard Sales/Goodwill
Flea markets, yard sales, and Goodwill are all great places to find bargains and hidden gems. Unfortunately, they’re also havens for bedbugs. These critters have an affinity for everything old, whether it’s antique furniture, a pre-owned mattress, or used clothes. And since bedbugs are small, flat, and difficult to spot with the naked eye, our professional pest control company suggests thoroughly wiping down any items you purchase during your shopping spree.
No doubt many of our customers are familiar with the various exposes done on hotel beds and the regularity with which bedbugs are found in the sheets and blankets. And it’s not just the bed where these critters can hitch a ride on your person or your pajamas – bedbugs are also adept at sneaking into your luggage, typically by first attaching themselves to an article of clothing. In fact, we’ve even exercised our pest control services for customers whose bedbug infestations came as a result of the insects hiding in a purse.
Even if you’re able to avoid the bedbugs lurking in your hotel suite, it’s also possible for them to latch onto you or your belongings while you’re on the plane, riding a bus or any other form of public transportation.
Our pest control expertise has been needed in situations where a houseguest has unwittingly introduced bedbugs to the home of a family member or friend. Basically, everything discussed in the “Traveling” section applies here, only this time the focus is on your houseguest as opposed to you personally. Any hotel room, airplane, bus, etc. that your guest was in/on during the trip to your home could’ve been the place where bedbugs got into his luggage or clothing.
A bedbug incursion can also result from the return of a son or daughter who comes home from college for the holidays or summer break. Dorm rooms and fraternity houses don’t exactly have a stellar reputation when it comes to cleanliness, and there are plenty of opportunities for bedbugs to stow away in clothing, electronics, and bedding.
Know Your Enemy
Bedbugs are distinguishable by their flat, reddish-brown bodies and their love of feeding on the blood of sleeping humans and animals. These insects are roughly the size of an apple seed, so they’re able to hide virtually anywhere: from headboards and box springs to cracks, crevices, and even between the pages of books. A bedbug’s bite is identifiable by an itchy, red spot arranged in a cluster or line, most often appearing on a person’s arms, hands, neck, and/or face.
Know Who To Call
There are plenty of pest control companies serving North Carolina, but Action Pest Exterminating stands out for its professionalism, competitive pricing, and decades-long track record of success. If you think your home might have a bedbug infestation, contact us today for a consultation.