Feb. 6, 2013
-- Myth #11 Traveling is the only way to pick up Bed Bugs.
Many people think, “Hey, I can’t have Bed Bugs because I haven’t traveled anywhere recently!”
It’s true that traveling and then returning home with Bed Bugs in tow is the most common way of spreading infestations – but it’s not the only way. You could have picked up Bed Bugs on the public transit, having someone visit your home, by purchasing a piece of infested furniture or used electronics, or even through connected vents and drains with other housing.
Bed Bugs spread very easily and can reproduce rapidly, so do not fool yourself into thinking you are too good for them. Anyone can get Bed Bugs – instead of being in denial about it, start removing the Bed Bugs from your home before the infestation gets worse.
Myth #12 You cannot get Bed Bugs from your neighbor.
Bed Bug migration from one home or apartment to another is actually more common then most people think. In apartments or shared housing such as condominiums, the risk of migration is even higher. Bed Bugs can travel through tiny cracks in the will, through connected vents or spaces, or even in the seams of floorboards or the edges of carpet.
If your neighbor has Bed Bugs it is, quite possible the infestation will eventually spread to your home as well. Apartment complexes are especially vulnerable to migrating Bed Bug infestations. You must let the apartment complex owner know when you have an infestation so everyone in the building can get involved and prevent Bed Bugs from spreading.