How to Prevent Bed Bugs From Spreading in the North and East Bay
If you have bed bugs in your bedroom, it’s important to learn how to keep them from spreading throughout your home.
To avoid bed bugs spreading in your home:
- Do not move infested items and resist the urge to throw out infested furniture.
- Be cautious when bringing infested bedding to the laundry room by using plastic bags.
- Clean up clutter and vacuum your property on a regular basis.
How do Bed Bugs Spread in Your Home?
Bed bugs may be slow crawlers, but they can still spread throughout your property. This most often happens when infested items are moved from one room to another. This can be the case for mattresses, furniture, and even clothes and bedding that are carried to your laundry room! They also travel between rooms through common walls, ceilings, pipes, telephone cables, and more. If you find bed bugs in one room in your property, it’s in your best interest to do all you can to prevent the spread by calling an exterminator ASAP.
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Bed Bugs Reproducing
Compared to a lot of types of pests, bed bugs do not reproduce very quickly. Bed bugs typically lay anywhere between one and 12 eggs in a day. From there, the eggs usually take about 10 days to hatch, followed by up to six weeks before the larvae turn into adults. A small bed bug infestation can grow pretty quickly, especially because they can be hard to spot until the problem is more serious.
How to Keep Bed Bugs From Spreading
The moment you find bed bugs in one area of your home, it’s important to get treatment right away. When transferring clothes or bedding to the washer, seal them securely in plastic bags or baggies. As best as you can, resist the temptation to move or throw away infested items and furniture. Doing so is a sure way to spread the bed bugs into other rooms of your property which can prolong and worsen the infestation.