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How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

Updated on June 25, 2011

How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs, those little blood sucking insects that come out at night, were almost eradicated in the United States before the end of the new millemium. But they're making a comeback and they're more resistant to insecticides. This hub answers the question “How do you get bed bugs?” and gives you information about what you can do to deal with bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Love Free Rides

Bed bugs don't have wings but they are very good hitchers. Luggage, clothing and shoes are just some places ideal for bed bugs to get a free ride. With the recent increase in world travel, bed bugs are having a wild time travelling around the world and spreading to places where they were once thought to be eradicated.

Humans are not the only mammals that can carry bed bugs. Any warm blooded animal will attract bed bugs. Dogs, cows, bats and birds can all be carriers of bed bugs.

Furnitures like beds and sofas are also great places for bed bugs to hide. Buying a used bed or sofa specially from a hotel may not be a good idea.

If one room in a building gets infested, the entire building could easily be infested unless something is done. Extermination will require cleaning the entire building and not just one room.

Weaker Insecticides Make It Easier For Bed Bugs To Thrive

About sixty years ago, DDT was one of the most commonly used insecticides. DDT kills most insects including bed bugs. However, DDT is harmful to humans and its use now being phased out.

Current pest control practices are more specific to the insect. That means a pesticide that kills cockroaches may be harmless to bed bugs.

Anatomy of a blood sucker.
Anatomy of a blood sucker.

Meet Vampy, The Bed Bug

There are many bed bug species but the common bed bug, a.k.a Cimex lectularius, is the most notorious pest for humans. This particular bed bug species feed on human blood and are well-adapted to human environments.

They are very small but visible to the naked eyes. An adult would measure about 2 grains of salt.

Although the knowledge that a little vampire could be sucking your blood is a little creepy, it is highly unlikely that bed bugs will transmit disease.

Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs

Getting rid of bed bugs is very difficult as these insects are very small, they rarely go out during the day and they can hide in a lot of places. It's a good idea to let the professionals take care of bed bugs. Your full cooperation with a pest control professional will be required if you want a thorough treatment of a building.

Vigilance Is Required

Prevention is always easier than the cure. When you travel, make sure that you check the bed and furnitures that you'll be using. Vacuuming your luggage and washing your clothes immediately after arriving home can help prevent spreading bed bugs in you home if ever if you become a carrier.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      No, I don't have problems with bed bugs but as they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. :D

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      godly3 7 years ago

      hi im from aurora and i have a six month old daughter who gets bit up i really hate the fact that people say use these diffrent products that don't work . i wish the world would please do something about this or even better GOD .

      because this is a problem my daughter and everybody else need their blood to live life for GOD.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      This almost makes me afraid to stay in motels. So far I've never experienced a problem, but sometimes it's hard to shut our sliding glass door without locking it -- a major inconvenience, since there is no outside lock. I've mostly been concerned with flying insects, especially mosquitoes, getting in. I never thought about bed bugs.

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      Anon 7 years ago

      I was terrified of bed bugs so I bought a mattress encasement from http://www.bedbug.com and they have lots of bed bug proof things. Helps me sleep a bit more sound!

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      S.E. Seoh 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      GREAT HUB! I've seen that video :) Bed Bug infestations are the worst!

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      stevej28677 6 years ago from Middle Georgia

      Good article and video! Bed Bugs are really on the rise. I agree with the author, you're best bet is to work with a pest professional. We're committed to bed bug control at: http://tituspest.com

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      Kalpana Iyer 6 years ago from India

      Sounds scary! Could do without those creepy crawly vampirish creatures. Thanks for the info and tips!

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      Unknown 6 years ago

      This will seem strange and slightly unbelievable able but Cannabis(Marijuana,bud,pot,dope,ext) has a smell that bed bugs do not enjoy and is a old fashion way of keeping them in hiding or even leaving all together. it is not a good idea to try this because it is OLD fashion for a reason and it doesn't always work at all if not a little

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      armlili 5 years ago

      Omg iv had them and hey they are well bad very hard to get rid of but I got a guy in to kill them and he did and yet the blood suckers ate BK and I'm gonna get rid again gonna try some stuff of the internet and hop n pray it will work fingers crossed for me and my kids

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      LIL momma 5 years ago

      Hello I'm really not sure if I have bed bugs or not becayim the only one getting a fee itchy bites out of my two kids. Need help

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      unbelievv 4 years ago

      this may sound unbelievable, but most certainly bedbugs HATE the smell of weed. i used to have problems with their troublesome presence but ever since my pot-smoking friend moved in, they've been gradually disappearing and now seem to have gone altogether.

      REALLY. i don't smoke but the soft scent of weed coming from his room has worked stronger than a litre of insecticide i used in months. this also accounts for the fact why they never went over to my ex-flatmate's room, although he hardly ever did any cleaning: he also smoked now and then.

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