At Capital K9 Bed Bug Solutions, we keep up on news stories around the nation relating to bed bugs.
Over the last few weeks, there have been a number of stories that highlight what researchers have been saying for years: bed bugs are hitchhikers and can show up just about anywhere.
To illustrate this point, here are some of the stories that were featured over the past few weeks:
Most of the time, our clients are able to track the source of the bed bug infestation, but often people just have no idea where the bugs originated.
Bed Bugs in the Washington DC Area
While the news stories above are not local stories, there is no reason to believe that bed bugs wouldn’t be interested in visiting restaurants, movie theaters, and commuter trains in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Actually, we live in an area that ranks higher on the list of bed bug infested cities than some of the cities featured above. Indeed, bed bugs in the Washington DC area statistics make DC the 2nd highest infested metropolitan area after Baltimore.
So what can you do, given that almost all of us spend time in public places? The only real answer is to live your life knowing that the odds of the average person getting bed bugs is still slim in spite of the fact that bed bugs are among us.
While you may not be able to prevent a bed bug introduction, early detection is the key. If you ever experience unexplained bites, small black or red stains on the sheets or bedframe or actually see a bug, it should not be ignored.
Simple monitoring is a great first step for many people if you haven’t seen a bug or black stains on bedding or furniture (check the box spring!) and are unsure.
However, if the problem persists and if you see the black stains or an actual bug, calling a professional is the next step.
Bottom line, don’t live in fear of bed bugs but a general awareness of the problem is helpful in ensuring that a bed bug introduction does not become a full-blown infestation.