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The Causes of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs, a scourge back in the 40s and 50s, but thought to be under control with the use of modern pesticides, have recently made a resurgence, showing up in hotels, motels, resorts, apartment buildings and even college dormitories. These parasites are extremely small and live on human blood. Unfortunately, they can live for up to a year without blood, so they are extremely difficult to eradicate. Here are some of the common causes and misconceptions about bed bugs:

Clutter is more likely to lead to bed bug infestation than is dirt or filth — Bed bugs don’t feed on anything other than blood. They can thrive even in the cleanest environment, provided there is blood available. Clutter enhances the likelihood that bed bugs will spread because it gives them places to hide, where they can’t be seen and eradicated.

There is no connection between the elegance or rating of a hotel or motel and its risk of having bed bugs — Bed bugs travel on clothing, in suitcases, in purses, backpacks or coats, among other things. You can be exposed to them anywhere, from a public park to a store to the subway. You can be a carrier without even knowing it.

Bed bug infestations are more likely in establishments or places that have high turnover rates — You only need one bed bug…a female bed bug can carry up to 100 eggs. The more people who come and go at a particular place, the greater the risk that one of them will bring in a bed bug.

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