Where do bed bugs come from?
Most people get bed bugs when travelling. Someone that has bed bugs stays at a hotel and then a new traveller stays at the same hotel. Bed bugs can hitch a ride on your clothes or in your suitcase. Once they get to your home they will start to breed and spread quickly. Contrary to popular belief, cleanliness has little to do with the spread of bed bugs. You are just as likely to get them in a five star hotel as you are in cheapest motels.
Bed bug infestations can also occur in the cleanest of homes and businesses
Travel is also not the only way to get bed bugs, you can also get them from:
Public Transport – If someone with bed bugs gets on public transport, you can pick them up of the seat or from the passenger directly.
Work or Recreation – Bed bugs do not need beds to survive. It is possible for bed bugs to live and grow at work, in movie theatres, at schools, and more.
Other People Homes – If you visit other people’s home that has bed bugs, you may take one or two with you.
Second-Hand Furniture – There is a reason why you shouldn’t buy pre-owned mattresses and bedroom furniture. Bed bugs may still be hiding inside them.
Home Visitors – You can get bed bugs without leaving your house at all. If someone with bed bugs comes to visit, they may have brought one with them.