Bed bugs are nasty little creatures that spread like wildfire if you’re not careful. No one is immune to bed bugs, no matter how clean you keep your home. Most people think that the only way to get bed bugs is to sleep in a dirty hotel bed or bring them home in your suitcase after spring break. While these are both very likely scenarios, we still shock people with all the other ways bed bugs get into their homes. If you suspect you have bed bugs, it’s time to call Lawn Plus Pest Control Services.

4 Shocking Ways Bed Bugs Get into Your Home

1. Thrift Shopping

We know how tempting a good yard sale or thrift store can be, but that secondhand furniture or clothing could house bed bugs. Despite their name, these little monsters don’t just live in your mattress and sheets. They can also live in the fabrics of chairs and couches, and hitch a ride home with you in that new bag of clothing. Putting your new garments in the dryer on a medium heat cycle as soon as you get home will zap the bugs and prevent them from infesting your home. 

2. Hospitals

Staying in the hospital is no fun, and bed bugs can make it even more unpleasant. Unfortunately, hospitals are notorious for having problems with bed bugs, especially in high-traffic facilities. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, with all the different people coming and going. Even if your stay is just overnight, you risk bringing these little pests home with you in your clothing, overnight bag, and even in your shoes. 

3. The Gym

Regular exercise is important for your health and vitality, but you could be leaving the gym with more than a sweaty back. Yes, bed bugs can live at the gym. The good news is they’re not occupying your favorite machine. The bad news is they’re quick to attach themselves to your shoes, yoga mat, gym bag, or clothes. Make sure you strip down and put your dirty gym clothes directly into the wash when you get home. This isn’t just because they smell, but because you could track those pests through the house. 

4. Travels

When you think about bed bugs while traveling, you probably assume that they’ll only come from the hotel. However, bed bugs can frequent airplanes and leap between luggage, nesting in your bags before you’ve even had a chance to find them. Before you travel anywhere, inquire with the airline to find out if they’ve had a bed bug outbreak, and call the hotel ahead of time to make sure they haven’t either. You don’t want to be the person to bring bed bugs back home with you, do you?

Rid Your Home of Bed Bugs

Treating your home for bed bugs takes the expertise of the professionals from Lawn Plus Pest Control Services. Just a few bed bugs can multiply and spread quickly, infesting every room in your home. Bed bugs shouldn’t be ignored, since they can spread diseases and catch rides home with your house guests. We not only exterminate these pests, but we can also help you with ants, spiders, and bees. We proudly serve residents throughout Cincinnati, OH, and the surrounding areas. So, don’t sleep on these tiny invaders: give us a call today at (513) 296-7378