Bed bugs are a particularly bad infestation to have. Because they are small and stay out of sight, people often have bed bugs long before they realize it, giving the bugs plenty of time to multiply and spread around the house.
It seems like there’s always a spike in bed bug cases in the fall, which leads many to wonder whether or not fall is the only time you have to worry about them. The short answer to that question is no, but there’s more to the story:
Bed bugs are most noticed in the fall because they are notorious hitchhikers. They don’t travel much on their own, and yet they’re great at getting into new homes and rooms.
Bed bugs travel with you. For example, when you go into an infested hotel room you might lay your suitcase down or spread out your clothes on the bed. Attracted by the heat and the scent of your body, bed bugs will naturally investigate, looking for food. Before you know it, they get swooped up into your luggage or the seams of your clothes and are headed back with you.
Since people tend to travel in the spring and summer, this is when the problem starts.
It Takes Time
These bed bugs are going to set up camp in your home now. The problem is that it takes a while for a handful of bugs to become a full-blown infestation. As the spring turns to summer, and the summer turns to fall, those bugs are slowly multiplying.
Baby bed bugs, called nymphs, are almost impossible to see, so the chances are you won’t notice them. But, when all of those babies grow a little bit and start to venture out on their own, you will start to notice the telltale signs of an infestation. By this time, it’s fall or winter.
So, it’s easy to think you don’t have to worry about bed bugs in the warmer months of the year, but you need to. You have to be diligent while you’re out and about so these bugs don't hitch a ride and come home with you.
Hire a Bed Bug Exterminator
If you have an infestation, then it’s time to seek expert advice. At Pest Control Services, we can help! If you’re worried about a possible bed bug problem in your home, please contact us at Pest Control Services today!