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How Do Bed Bugs Spread?

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

Don’t Panic!

Bedbugs spread when a pregnant female bed bug leaves her overcrowded colony and hitchhikes into another home.

The bed bug is very slight and lazy. They hitch a ride on a persons clothes or luggage so it may reach it’s next destination- which may be your bedroom!

Bed bugs can live in any article of furniture, clothing, or bedding, so they (or their eggs) may be present in used furniture or clothing.

Depending on the volume of the bed bugs in a home, if left untreated, bed bugs will eventually contaminate multiple rooms in a home or even multiple dwellings in apartment buildings.

They may also hide in corrugated cardboard boxes (like an Amazon box), suitcases, or other items that are moved from residence to residence or from a hotel to home.

Bedbugs can live on clothing from home infestations and may be spread by a person unknowingly wearing infested clothing.

However, it is rare that you’ll see a person walking around with bed bugs crawling on their person. The reason is that bed bugs will hitch in on clothing but then almost immediately unlatch once their destination is reached.

Once inside a new home, the bed bug will focus on finding a dark canopy located near its next blood meal.

The blood meal is wherever the human sleeps and bed bugs are adept at tracking human breath, or CO2, in order to find their food.

They can also find you based on your body heat.

It's important to do a full home inspection if you suspect bed bugs in your home.

Bed Bug & Beyond has performed thousands of inspections and can perform a bed bug inspection for you.

We’ll let you know exactly where you have bed bugs in your home based on the evidence they leave such as fecal spots, skin casts, and the live bug itself.

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