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Why Are There Bed Bugs In My Orange County Home?

October 15, 2021 - Bed Bugs

Orange County, California boasts of a type of living that provides spectacular weather, a wholesome area to live and work, and expensive and luxurious homes. People living in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and all of Orange County are said to be relaxed, friendly, and welcoming. Who would think that in this idyllic area of the country, bed bugs could be running rampant? Rich or poor, bed bugs are happy to take up residence in mansions and humble abodes.

What Everyone Ought To Know About Bed Bugs In Orange County

A common misconception among homeowners is that bed bugs only invade dirty, unkempt homes. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that bed bugs can show up in any home. It is not dirt and grime that attract bed bugs – they love your blood!

Little-Known Ways Bed Bugs Get Into Your Orange County Home

Like the “hobos” of old, bed bugs are master hitchhikers moving from one location to another. Public transportation and public spaces can offer bed bugs easy access to your home. Homeowners can pick up these blood-feeding pests in numerous “hotspots”.

Seven “hotspots” that bed bugs frequent include:

  1. Hotel rooms
  2. Airplanes
  3. Theaters
  4. Libraries
  5. Buses
  6. Trains
  7. Trams

Out of all the above-mentioned “hotspots,” hotels can be a prime location for housing bed bugs. When staying in a hotel, lodgers should carry a flashlight to inspect their bed sheets, mattress seams, and box springs (especially at the corners). Behind headboards, inside dressers, sofas, chairs, and lights should also be checked. Upon closer inspection, lodgers may see blood spots, shed skin, empty eggshells, and even live bugs crawling on sheets.

Even if there are no signs of bed bugs it is still a good idea to carry a large trash bag to protect suitcases. If no trash bag is available, lodgers should keep suitcases on a tiled or bathroom floor. After arriving home from traveling, travelers should vacuum suitcases and wash all clothes in hot water (regardless of whether they were worn).

Why You Should Check For Bed Bugs: Bargains May Not Be What They Seem

Everyone gets excited when they find a great deal at the local yard sale, but the phrase “buyer beware” should be heeded. Bed bugs often come into homes via second-hand items; therefore, homeowners should inspect everything.

Four indicators of bed bug infestation that homeowners should be able to identify are as follows:

  1. Bed bug eggs and eggshells (tiny with pale yellowish skin)
  2. Reddish or rusty stains (crushed bed bugs)
  3. Dark spots (fecal matter) that can bleed onto fabric like a marker
  4. Live bed bugs (light-brown to rust-colored with flat, oval bodies)

Bargain buyers should be aware of and check for bed bug indicators on purchases they plan to bring into their homes.

Some specific areas to check for bed bug infestations include:

  • Fabrics
  • Backs and undersides of headboards, shelves, and tables
  • Inside furniture joints, seams, crevices, and voids
  • Inside screw and nail holes within furniture
  • Under peeling and loose paint in painted furniture
  • Behind paper backing in framed prints
  • Inside electrical appliances and behind switch plates

Spending a little extra time checking these items in advance can save shoppers from major headaches down the road.

Get Rid Of Your Orange County Bed Bugs Once And For All

Even the most vigilant homeowners can end up with bed bugs in their homes. Bed bugs are out for blood, and the pest professionals at Black Diamond Pest Control are out for theirs! We have an army of bed bug control specialists and inspectors. Call Black Diamond Pest Control today and let us help you end your bed bug infestation. We offer both home pest control and commercial pest management solutions.