What Causes Bed Bugs
What causes bed bugs has a simple answer. If you live in a single
family house, then the bed bugs would have to of
been carried into the home by a family member or visitor. They can also
enter the home if used furniture, or new furniture/mattress
was carried into a home from a truck that also carries or carried used
furniture. Bed bugs apartment problems are either caused
by the aforementioned problem, or by the residents in the apartment.
The spread of bed bugs has nothing to do with the sanitary conditions
or cleanliness in the home
Common Answers to What Causes Bed Bugs
Bed bugs cannot travel long distances by themselves. They need to be
transported from one location to the next. Common ways bed bugs are
carried into a home include:
Common causes of bedbugs include:
Has a family member been traveling with luggage?
Has a recent visitor who was traveling stayed in the
home,particularly if they had a jacket, or bag
Did a student recently come home from college?
- Has the luggage been in a room that was possibly infested?
- Were any backpacks or other items placed on chairs or
- Was the luggage brought back into the house after
Was any used furniture such as electronics (TVs etc), boxes
brought into the home?
Were any mattresses delivered to the home or picked up off
Were any gifts received or borrowed such as luggage?
Were any times brought into the home from self storage?
Was any furniture rented?
Were any items brought into the home, particularly a
mattress or furniture, from a truck?
Were there any recent house guests?
Did anyone visit the home from a cruise ship?
What Causes Bed Bugs in an Apartment
Besides the many causes listed above, all you need is one
resident to bring bed bugs into a building for a bedbug infestation to
Can bed bugs travel from apartment to apartment?
There is a 20% chance that bed bugs will travel from apartment to
apartment, when the two apartments on the same floor. There
is a 7% chance that bed bugs will spread above and below the infested
It is becoming common for buildings to educate tenants regarding
what causes bed bugs, so that future problems can be avoided. Many
apartment buildings in larger cities are starting to
enforce strict policies in term of inspecting items brought into homes
and even going so far as to building heat rooms, that kill any insects
at high temperatures (114F), the level needed to kill bed bugs and any
hidden bed bug eggs.
What to Do If You have Bed Bugs in an Apartment or
- Inspect the bedrooms and other rooms of the apartment for
bed bugs. Check areas where you spend time such as sleeping or watching
- Call you building manager and check with your local
department of health to see what your rights are, such as mandatory
- Schedule a treatment with the landlord. Be sure
to inform adjacent apartments (next door, above and below yours).
- Prepare the apartment for treatment by removing clutter.
- Note that it can take 2 to 3 treatments before the bed bug
problem is taken care of.
What To Do About Bed Bugs in a Free Standing Home
The best approach is to call in a bed bug pest control professional,
who has the knowledge and experience to do an inspection, assess the
extent of the bed bug problem and then recommend a treatment plan.
Don't wait or the problem will get much worse and possibly more
expensive to treat. We have a list of pest control companies
that are specifically qualified to treat bed bugs. These companies will
provide a quote at no charge to you.
Be sure to use a bed bug specialist, as they will know where to look
and may have specialized equipment such as heating units.
this link to find a qualified local bedbug exterminator near
you. Please keep in mind that if the bed bugs are not treated
correctly, insects missed will begin to multiply and the problem will
return. Don't use a pest control company unless they have
extensive experience treating bed bugs.