Do I Have to Throw Out Food After a Bed Bug Infestation?
Bed bugs are unlike many types of pests in that they have no interest in your food items! You do not have to throw out food after an infestation.
Bed bugs are not known to infest any of the following items:
- Food or food crumbs
- Clothing items
Do Bed Bugs Infest Food Items?
Bed bugs are not interested in the food items in your pantry. In fact, it’s very rare for them to go near your pantry whatsoever! They live and feed near their food source, which is (unfortunately) you! This means you do not have to worry about bed bugs crawling into your boxes of dried grains or infesting fruit on your counter top.
Throwing items out after an infestation is rarely necessary whatsoever. If you receive professional treatment from an exterminator, you shouldn’t have to worry about any ruined items at all.
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What do Bed Bugs Eat?
Everyone knows that bed bugs feed and survive on blood. One frightening fact about bed bugs is that they can live for an entire year without feeding if they need to. In fact, they can survive in certain conditions for anywhere from 20 to 400 days without feeding. While this is rare, this also implies that they could live in your home for over a year! You are their preferred host, and will almost never feed on your pets or other items in your property.
Throwing Away Bed Bug-Infested Items
As mentioned earlier, you don’t need to throw out items after a bed bug problem. When you find out you have a bed bug problem, never jump to the conclusion that you need to throw out your bed or any other item for that matter. In fact, tossing items that could be infested with bed bugs is a sure way to get a bed bug problem in other parts of your property!