5 Common Causes for Bed Bugs

May 16, 2013

Healthy Life

Many people don’t realize that what a royal nuisance a bed bug infestation can be until it’s much too late. And these nasty little critters unfortunately can infest any home through a number of ways. Is your home under threat of a bed bug attack? Here are 5 common ways that you can get infested.

1. You Purchased an Old Home

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These tiny bugs can hide in peeling paint and wallpaper, or even under carpet. What does this mean for you? It means that you could buy a home and unwittingly move into a house that is already infested with the nasty creatures. What a housewarming gift, huh?

2. Your Kids Brought Them Home From School

Your child can bring bed bug hitchhikers home from school. This can happen in any school, at any age. If a home is infested with bed bugs, the bugs will attach to the child’s clothes and tag along with them. Then, other children can pick them up.

3. You Recently Bought Used Furniture

Have you ever bought a used couch or chair? Be aware that it’s possible the piece may be infected with bed bugs. Though this isn’t necessarily always the case, it’s something to keep in mind. Consider checking the piece out thoroughly before making the purchase.

4. You Visited an Infested Home

Bed bugs aren’t a sign of a badly kept or dirty home. The little bugs can infest any home, anywhere. If you visit an infested home, it is likely that you will bring the bugs back to your home with you. This can then spread the infestation to your home, and then to others’ home from yours.

5. Your Pets Brought Them Into the House

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Though this is a little out of the ordinary (mostly because bed bugs don’t like trying to dig through pet hair), it’s still a relatively common occurrence for pets to bring home these pests. If your dog or cat is scratching, it may not be fleas or lice; make sure you check for bed bugs, as well.

What can You Do?

If bed bugs can come from almost anywhere, what can you do to keep your family protected? There are a variety of steps you can do both before and after infestations.


  • Be able to identify what a bed bug looks like. This can help you prevent a full infestation if you notice the bugs in your home.
  • Check out used furniture thoroughly before purchasing.
  • Make sure to get a full home inspection before signing final paperwork.
  • Treat your pets with preventative medication for bed bugs.


  • Consider getting a professional exterminator to come into your home.
  • Make sure pets are properly treated. This may require a trip to the vet.
  • Thoroughly wash and dry all infected cloth items. Put things like stuffed animals in plastic bags in a warm area for at least 24 hours.

Making sure you understand how your home can get infected and how you can treat the home is important. When you know how to identify the problem, you can more quickly get rid of it, making your home a happier place once again.

5 Common Causes for Bed Bugs

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