Bed bugs could come from wild animals such as bats and rats. Other people have reported bed bug infestations to come from newly adopted pets or neighboring apartments. Malicious infestation, used furniture, and spreader guests could also introduce them into your home. Discover more places the insects could come from.
Bed bugs, scientifically known as Cimex lectularius, are tiny insects that love to take refuge in beds to feed on warm blood especially at night.
In this article, I list some 9 possible causes of bed bugs that you might not be aware of. So, where do bed bugs come from? The following are the main places where bed bugs come from.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
1. Wild Animals
Did you know that wild animals can carry bed bugs? If you didn’t, now you know. Although not all wild animals can access your home, some of the bed bug spreaders can.
I am talking about birds and bats.
Bats can harbor certain species of bed bugs such as the bat bugs.
In case you’re wondering, bat bugs can bite humans. They leave an almost painless but inflamed marks on the skin. However, they cannot transfer any disease from bats to humans.
2. A Neighbor’s Apartment
Many people overlook this risk but it is indeed a major reason why bed bugs spread so much.
The problem is not limited to apartment buildings alone. Proximity to infested dwellings in gated homes is still a risk factor.
The overall statement is that if neighbors have bed bug problems, it may only be a matter of time before the insects find their way into your house.
Even though neighbors can be suspect, do not go and confront them about having bed bug infestation. The matter at hand is getting rid of the bugs rather than fighting over their origins.
3. Second-hand or used furniture
At times, getting brand new pieces of furniture seems way too expensive. So, one might be tempted to take a shorter route to home decoration by considering used furniture. Honestly, think twice about that idea.
Used pieces of household furniture are some of the worst spreaders of bed bugs. The problem gets even uglier if it is a bed you’re buying. That very same night, you might start feeding the bed bugs and see an exponential growth in their population.
Other types of furniture such as the kitchen table might carry some bed bugs but it could take a while before they start causing trouble in the bedroom.
So, what is my take in all these? Avoid buying used furniture, especially beds and couches if you can.
If new beds are overly expensive, buy used ones from a trusted person like a family member.
On top of all that, you might have to consider fumigating them thoroughly before putting them into your nice little bedroom.
Furniture is one of the most obvious places where bed bugs could come from.
4. Intentional Infestation
This is the least expected possible place where bed bugs could come from.
Research facilities sometimes breed thousands of pests and use them for experiments. Bed bugs too can be grown in laboratories for purposes of research.
Unethical employees in those research facilities who want to punish you for any reason could just collect a few hundred of bed bugs from the institution and set them loose in your house.
Even if there is no access to pest breeding organizations, the evil guys could find another location to pick a couple of bed buds for their crazy plans. So, do not go around making enemies who might do something like that.
There is very little you can do to prevent such source of bed bug infestation. However, assessing anyone who comes into your house should become the routine.
5. Public bus, train or airplane
For those who have been fortunate enough to encounter such news, airplane seats are not always 100% free of the little bugs.
In less maintained airlines, I have heard of stories of people complaining about their bed bug bite experiences while travelling on a plane.
Other forms of public transportation such as trains and buses are not exempt either. Where a lot of people interact, it is always possible to find a stray bed bug just rolling around a bus seat waiting to clutch onto the next victim’s pair of pants.
Bed bugs do not travel on people by sticking on skin like ticks. They hide in clothing or other luggage.
Because travelling is inevitable, you can always take some precautions to avoid bringing the insects into your bedroom.
6. Hotel bed
This one is pretty straight forward. You travel to a new place and then at night, you look for a place to have some rest.
Unfortunately, the hotel bedding could be harboring bed bugs.
Certain that you recently slept in a cheap hotel that seem to be in a suspect location? Have you thereafter noticed bed bugs in your bedroom? Perhaps if that’s the case, it is time to connect the dots.
The sad thing is that you do not have an idea about the management of the bed you’re about to sleep on. We may know that many people have slept in that hotel bed.
But if there is a bed bug infestation and the hotel management has not identified, you could be so unlucky to pick a few of them back to your crib.
Always be on the lookout for hotels you spend you nights on.
Once you return home, clean the clothes you returned with immediately. If it is impossible to clean them, leave them outside the house if you’re sure that you experienced bed bug bites while at the hotel.
To reduce the risk of getting bed bugs after travel, you can do the following:
- Before leaving the location, check your items to physically identify potential infestation.
- Wash the items at the hottest temperature setting.
- Items that cannot be washed in washers such as suitcases should be washed with hottest water possible.
- Using water at temperatures between 100 – 120 °F should be hot enough.
- Scrub brush all the seams and folds of all items.
7. Recent guests at your place
Having guests is awesome but they could also leave you with a couple of those bad news bugs even though you might have welcomed them with a warm heart.
But honestly, no guest would want to carry some bed bugs and dump into your house, unless it’s you ex coming to revenge.
Just to mention, I heard about the story of a guy who gathered bed bugs in a container and deposited them in his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom as a revenge. How bad should your ex be to deserve such evil plans?
Colleagues at the workplace are not excluded in our watch list. One of them could be dealing with bed bug menace.
If you share an open office, chances are that some of the insects might end up in the workplace and on to your desk. The solution for this is to remain hyper-vigilant in the workplace.
Look around and try to identify your colleague who falls asleep easily during the day. Ask them in a light way why they fall asleep on their desks. It could be due to the problem of bed bug back at home every night.
Once you have this information that truly, their problem is bed bugs, just take a little extra precaution.
Remember not to discriminate your fellow employee. Bed good to one another. It’s only bed bugs and not Ebola.
9. The Newly Adopted Pet
Pets are cool. Cats are snuggly. I have to admit that I want a husky. However, if you’re adopting a new pet, it is worth taking a little extra more precaution.
Some pets that have stayed for long without an owner could carry bed bugs.
People who love to have pets in their bedrooms should ensure that adopting a pet does not introduce stubborn bed buds into the home.
Why specifically bed bugs and not sofa bugs or table bugs? Well, that is because bed bugs are nocturnal and the place where they can easily find warm blood at night is the bed where everyone goes to sleep.
Please, do not try to sleep under the bed to confuse bed bugs at night. It won’t work because bedbugs can smell your body CO2 and follow your body heat.
Did You Know? Bed bugs can survive up to three months without a blood meal.
Do not think that you may desert your house, come back a week later expecting that all the bed bugs have starved to death. Wrong!
A bed bug infestation does not mean your house is dirty. These insects do not respect any hygiene boundaries. Bed bugs even swarmed the White House during Lincoln’s administration.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are usually itchy and can cause serious health problems including skin rashes and psychological symptoms.
I can tell you that stress of knowing that your night sleep is not going to be peaceful at night is real when bed bugs have invaded your comfy queen bed.
Physically, the bites could range from small areas of redness to larger blisters in some extremely sensitive people.
Do you have an idea of how bed bugs reached your bedroom? Share with other readers so that they may take extra precaution.