We get a lot of questions from customers regarding how to get rid of bed bugs. These questions often reveal that residents don't know all that much about these insects. As an example, we might get asked, "What products keep bed bugs from getting inside?" The problem with this question is that bed bugs don't get in from the yard; they are carried into homes. Here is another. We may get asked, "Where do I have to clean in order to get rid of bed bugs?" You don't have to clean anything. Bed bugs don't choose a home because it is dirty. They spread passively - which is to say that they spread by accident.

Today, we're going to take a look at four key facts that every Garden City resident should know: how bed bugs spread, how to check for bed bugs, natural pest control for bed bugs, and how professional pest control in Garden City fits into the picture. This short handbook on prevention should help you to get a better understanding of bed bugs and help you make the best decisions for prevention and control.

How Bed Bug Infestations Spread In Garden City

Do bed bugs come from the outside? Yes, bed bugs come from the outside, but they don't come from your yard. These insects are almost exclusively indoor pests. It is possible to have bed bugs come from outside of your home (though not from outdoors).

If you live in an apartment building, a multi-family home, a condo, or some other rental unit that is connected to other rental units, you could get bed bugs. These insects are known to get behind baseboards and crown molding, live inside electrical outlets and get inside wall voids. But, while possible, it is not the likely way you'll get bed bugs.

Here are a few common ways people get bed bugs:

  • Bed bugs come home from vacations inside luggage, duffel bags, backpacks, pocketbooks, clothing, and more.
  • Bed bugs are picked up at schools, office spaces, daycares, and other places people go daily.
  • Bed bugs can be brought home by college-age students from dormitories.
  • Bed bugs can be carried into your home by relatives, friends, neighbors, and repair people.
  • You can get bed bugs in a taxi, at the movies, in a library, or in any number of other public locations where these bugs have been found infesting.

If you've been wondering, "Do bed bugs come from the outside", now you know the complete answer. These are hitchhiking bugs. You can't keep them out of your home with perimeter pest control, and it is very difficult to keep them out of your home with any kind of pest management.

If you reach out to bed bug pest control in Garden City for bed bug prevention, the best a professional can do is offer routine inspections to catch bed bugs early and exterminate them before they become a problem.

Watch For Bed Bug Bites On People & Pets

If you don't want to spend money on routine bed bug inspections, we understand, but that doesn't mean you have to just sit around waiting to get an infestation. If you learn how to check for bed bugs and teach your kids how to check for them, you could keep bed bugs out of your home, or detect them in your home early enough to do something about them. One of the best ways to tell that bed bugs are a problem is noticing bites on people or pets.

  • Each individual bed bug bites more than once - often three times. The three bites will be close to each other and in a line or zig-zag.
  • Bed bugs feed together. If bed bugs are biting a person, the bites will be numerous and in one region of the body.
  • Bed bugs feed, inch forward, and feed again. This makes the bites look like a path across the skin.
  • Bed bugs don't usually bite dogs and cats because they can't move through fur like a flea or a tick. If they bite a pet, it will be a dog. They can get under dogs while they sleep and feed on their hairless bellies. But, even this is rare.

Natural & Effective Bed Bug Prevention Tips

If you detect bed bugs while away from home (or even if you don't) there are ways to prevent bed bugs from coming home with you. Here's how you can use natural pest control for bed bugs:

  • Keep laundry items protected in a sealed plastic bag.
  • When you get home, run laundry through a 30-minute dryer cycle to kill bed bugs in all stages of development - just in case.
  • Put dryer-safe items in the dryer to kill bed bugs.
  • Put items in a plastic bag and store them in a freezer to kill bed bugs in items that are not dryer-safe.

The Most Effective Bed Bug Control For Garden City Homes

When bed bugs get into your home and hide, it can be difficult to find them. If you need bed bug control in Garden City, the best solution is to contact Affinity Pest Control. Our licensed pest control professionals know how to get rid of bed bugs and make sure no bugs remain in your home. Reach out to Affinity Pest Control today for immediate assistance.