Bed bugs are annoying little insects notorious for littering itchy bites all over us while we sleep.
The fact of the matter is, unfortunately, bed bugs can spread like wildfire quickly infesting a property with ease. But how exactly do bed bugs spread?
There are two main instigators behind the spread of bed bugs. These are:
- Secondhand furniture sales
Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than booking some time off work and jetting off to somewhere new and exciting! Well, bed bugs feel the same too, they love to travel and are phenomenal hitchhikers!
Accommodation facilities such as hotels, motels, hostels etc. are like giant magnets for bed bugs due to the high amount of human traffic. These facilities can just as easily catch a bed bug problem as they can spread these to your property.
A common misconception, as their name suggests, is that bed bugs only dwell on beds. Unfortunately, this is not the case, they can also be found on other items of furniture such as sofas, wardrobes and bedside cabinets, to name a few.
Secondhand furniture sales can play a role in the spread of bed bugs by acting as a transportation method for these biting insects. If an item of furniture is harbouring bed bugs, eggs, or pregnant females, the new owner will quickly find themselves to be victim to a bed bug infestation.
How quickly can bed bugs spread?
The speed in which bed bugs can spread once they have made their way into your home can vary, as this all depends on a range of factors, such as easy access to food and a suitable environment to nest in.
However, if conditions are favourable, infestations can quickly arise as one single female can lay up to 500 eggs over a 2-month period. So, as you can imagine, this can be a big issue if you have bed bugs in your home.
Do bed bugs spread from room to room?
Bed bugs like to follow their stomach, as they need a blood source, preferably human, these will harbour in areas near to a constant supply of food.
Due to their size, bed bugs can easily migrate from one room to another using cracks and crevices, especially when infestations are at a high level, in order to tuck into a tasty treat and complete their life cycle.
A bed bug’s ability to easily move from room to room is why these are such a big issue for hotels and other accommodation facilities. If one room finds itself with a bed bug problem then any conjoining rooms can quickly find themselves facing the same issue.
How do bed bugs travel from room to room?
Bed bugs are able to spread to adjacent rooms through cavity walls, partition walls, false ceilings, cable and pipework, as well as open doors and along corridors.
Due to their small size, bed bugs can easily fit through small cracks and crevices found in walls and skirting boards. This allows them to easily travel between different rooms without being noticed.
If you think you might have a bed bug problem in your home or business then contact the experts at Rentokil today.