Can you get bitten by bed bugs and not bring them home?
The answer to this question is somewhat tricky. Bed bugs are insects that can latch on to clothing without you being aware. If you get bitten by bed bugs outside your home, there’s a high probability they already latched on to your clothes and luggage, if you aren’t aware of them, you’d bring them back home thinking all is fine.
The whole scenario changes if you notice their presence at once. For most people who have had to deal with a terrible bed bug infestation at one point in time, they’d be very conscious and careful of where they sleep.
If the bitten individual has a very sensitive body, the itching that comes off as a result of the bites from bed bugs could also be a good signal. Once such person notices them, he or she could immediately take precautions and not risk bringing the bed bugs to his or her home.
In this article, we would be looking at all the tips and precautions that you need to keep bed bugs away from your home.
Signs of bed bug infestation outside your home
First, how can you get conscious and careful when you stay outside your home?
1. Bed bugs are nasty and yet, smart insects that feed at night and hides in the day. So, you may not know they are there until you begin to notice tiny red spots on your body or the other signs that they leave.
Some of them are cracked or whole eggs, blood smears, poop droppings, moulted exoskeleton, etc. Always ensure that you look out for any of these signs before sleeping comfortably on any bed outside your home.
2. Before you sit on that furniture—sofa or any other upholstery—ensure sure you don’t perceive any rusty or damp smell. If you are, immediately check for the other signs that were listed out above.
3. After lodging into a hotel, ensure that you check around for signs of bed bugs. They can be anywhere—around picture frames, behind window coverings, within the seams of mattresses, within crevices in furniture, within wall cracks, loose wallpapers, etc. To make your search more meticulous, ensure that you work with a flashlight.
4. Be conscious of your body. It’s quite odd, but then, most people forget to check their bodies to know how they are faring.
Always check your skin when you are out of your house. That way, you’d be able to know if you are reacting to something in the new environment. Not all people react to bedbug bites.
Others do—by itching relentlessly at their bodies. If you are in the category of the former, ensure that you check your face, neck, shoulders, arms and legs.
5. Sometimes, the place may not be heavily infested with bed bugs. It could be that a bed bug got there recently and only began laying its eggs.
What this means is that you wouldn’t be able to pick out signs like cracked eggs or blood stains. Always ensure that your clothes are tightly sealed.
Your luggage should also be simple and free from ridges and crevices that bed bugs can hide in. You might also want to check the wardrobes before keeping your bags.
6. Keep your luggage elevated and away from the walls. That way, bed bugs wouldn’t be able to crawl on to them. To prevent the hassle of bringing the luggage up and down, pick out what you need and seal them within a smaller bag or tote.
How to avoid bringing bed bugs home
What do you do when you notice bed bugs are in your outdoor sleeping site? How can you not get those bed bugs following you back home? Check out the tips listed below;
- Immediately leave the place. The greater the infestation, the quicker you should leave. However, before you do so, ensure that you have your clothes laundered and dried at the highest heat possible. Check out your other materials too for signs of bed bugs.
- If you cannot leave, ensure that you keep your clothes sealed within an impenetrable sheath. If the bed bugs can’t find their way in, you’d have done yourself a lot of good.
- Try to vacuum the room as often as possible. The vacuum is quite effective in getting rid of the tiniest specks of dust and even the bed bugs! However, note that the vacuum doesn’t kill the bugs. Ensure that you dispose the bag as soon as possible.
- If you’d be staying there for a while, you could ask that the entire place be fumigated. One mistake most people make is the use of cigarette lighters in getting rid of the bugs. It isn’t effective at all and may only cause fire outbreaks. You have to be careful!
How to find out where bed bugs are coming from
Lastly, let’s see a few places that may most likely be infested with bed bugs;
- A chain of apartments
The issue about apartments is that they come off with a small and clustered inner space. As a result, you may not notice the presence of bed bugs early enough, leading to a very serious infestation.
Before you sleep in such buildings, have the rooms properly inspected. You might also want to converse with the owner of the house and see if they are dealing with bed bugs.
Different people from different homes come to school every morning. Some of these people could be dealing with bed bug infestation while some others may not.
The issue here is that there is a high possibility of those dealing with the infestation bringing the bed bugs to school. Bed bugs crawl very quickly and could latch on to another person’s bag.
- The same can be seen in healthcare facilities, prisons, and other places with a lot of crowd.