As you prepare the interior and exterior of your home for the fall season ahead, you may find that you’re housing unwelcomed guests: bed bugs. While finding that your home has been infested by bed bugs can be quite unsettling, you’ll likely feel discouraged, and maybe even a little bit embarrassed; the truth is, bed bugs are a common occurrence here in Colorado, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed to find them in your home. You may remember our blog post from a few months back which examined the causes of Denver’s recent bed bug infestation. Put plainly, the rise in bed bug infestations in Colorado means more people across the Front Range will experience bed bugs living in their homes. However, there is hope! Understanding the common causes of bed bug infestations, which we will explore today, can help home and business owners, renters, and facilities managers prevent a bed bug invasion. Please continue reading below to learn more.

Hotels and Motels

As people traveled to and from Colorado this summer, it is highly likely that many picked up or dropped off at least one hitchhiking bed bug during their travels. Hotels and motels are in the top three places where bed bugs flourish; therefore, these lodgings can quickly become breeding grounds for bed bugs. In fact, all it takes is one female bed bug to lay between one and five eggs in a day for a property to become completely infested with these critters. Bed bugs are sneaky and spread rapidly across a property by way of plumbing, laundry, in vacuum cleaners, and in cleaning carts.

For those planning to travel this fall, check out this list of the top 10 cities with bed bug infestations when making travel plans. For those staying in hotels, check the hotel’s website for any updates regarding possible bed bugs, and follow the steps listed in our past blog for ways to avoid bed bugs while traveling.

Used Home Decor

The end of summer is a great time to purge the home of unneeded or unwanted items, which for many means putting items out on the curb for free or selling them at a yard sale. While perusing through heaps of people’s old home decor may lead to finding that perfect piece of furniture that costs next to nothing, there could be a more sinister aspect to that furniture lurking in the creases. It can be hard to gauge why someone is discarding their furniture or home decor, and it could be because they had bed bug infestation. For many who have experienced a bed bug infestation, it’s sometimes easier and cheaper to simply put unwanted furniture that housed bed bugs out on the curb.

If you plan to purchase used home decor and furniture, it’s better to shop at a thrift store where they commonly deep clean the goods they plan to sell. And while that decent-looking recliner on the corner may look to be in good shape, resist the temptation to pick it up and instead, keep driving.  

Bed Bug Heat Treatment

These common bed bug causes can be prevented, but if you do experience bed bugs in your Denver home, call in A 2 B Solutions, Northern Colorado’s Top Rated Local® bed bugs team! Our experts use bed bug heat treatment to mitigate an infestation, safely removing these gross pests from your home. Bed bug heat treatment eliminates bed bugs completely without harming humans, pets, the home, or the environment. In the event of a bed bug infestation, contact us immediately and we’ll get your home back to normal.  

If you have any questions about our bed bug heat treatments or would like to request a free consultation, call or click today!