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How Did I Get Bed Bugs?
There are a myriad of ways your person, your belongings and your home can become infested with bedbugs. Bedbugs don’t’ fly and they are rare in nature, so they probably didn’t just come in from outside. Bedbugs are called “hitchhikers”. They are brought in by you on your person or belongings; they are brought in by your friends, associates, children and work personnel. If you live in a condo, apartment or townhome, bedbugs can be shared through common walls.
Let’s Take A Closer Look
If you take a vacation or business trip, there are over 20 contact points where you can get bed bugs before your trip is over, if you fly.
-the shuttle to and from the airport
-the shuttle from the parking lot to the terminal and back again
- the curb skycap’s gondola
- the baggage sorting equipment in the airport
- the tram that takes the bags to the plane’s baggage hold and back again to the terminal
- the baggage compartment
- the seats on the airplane
- the overhead baggage compartments
- the baggage carousel in the baggage pick up area
- the transportation that takes you to and from your meeting or hotel
- the bellhop’s gondola at the hotel upon check in or check out
- your hotel room
- in any public places you visit
Bedbugs can be found in all modes of travel --- trains, buses, ships, and taxi cabs.
And if we want to talk about public places where we live, to name a few, there are
- the opera
- waiting areas in hospitals or clinics
Bedbugs may be found almost anyplace humans go; they hitchhike from one place to another, setting up residence and causing infestations. Your child might bring them home on a backpack. You might bring them home on your coat which was thrown on an infested bed at a friend’s house. Or maybe your college student brings bedbugs home in his duffle or luggage.
We might not think about it, but bedbugs can be gotten from
-rental furniture not fumigated properly
- used furniture picked up off the street or at garage sales or consignment shops
-new furniture that is delivered by a truck that has carried away old infested furniture
-a moving van if it isn’t treated between moves
The number of ways you might pick up bedbugs is vast; it just takes being in the wrong place at the wrong time for one of these hitchhikers to catch hold and cause an infestation in your world.
How Long Is It Before I Know I Have Contracted Bedbugs?
You might actually find an adult bedbug on your belongings right away, but it is more likely that you’ll import a few eggs which are sticky so they stick to you and your belongings, or you’ll bring home early instars (nymphs) which are very small and they will probably go unnoticed. In this case it could be months before you know you have a problem.
The eggs are so small that almost 1000 will fit on a postage stamp. You may not even see them. After a week or two they will hatch and disperse, but the hatchlings are so small that about 500 will fit on that same postage stamp, so you probably won’t see them either. Then in a week or so they will try to get their first blood meal from you. If you do see a bite mark, you would probably mistake it for a mosquito, flea, or spider bite. The look of the bite will vary depending on your own body’s particular allergic reaction. The bites often itch and scratching them may cause infection.
Eventually you might see a blood spot on a sheet, but even that often goes unnoticed until there are many of them. It will take about 60 to 120 days before bedbugs move through all five juvenile stages and become breeding adults. Then watch out! You have a full blown infestation. So, how long is it before you know? It could easily be three to five months after the initial contact before you know what is happening. By then, it is doubtful that you will have a firm idea of where you might have contracted the problem.
Buildings With Common Walls -- Who’s To Blame?
Who’s to blame? You just won’t know. For instance, if some of the young bedbugs walked inside a common wall and emerged minutes later on the neighbor’s side, they might breed faster there, though they originally came from you. Why? Maybe the neighbors have more hosts (you’re single, but they have three kids,) or the bugs can get to them easier since their mattresses are right on the floor or touching the wall while your bed is in the middle of the room with only the frame wheels touching the floor.
If the neighbors are better hosts, their bedbugs will mature faster and proliferate faster. You may have initially introduced the problem, but one would never know it based on the level of infestation. So, you just can’t tell who’s to blame based on who has the worst outbreak. In short, forget blame and concentrate on the very logical steps to a solution. That solution is The Bed Bug all Gone Treatment Plan, our revolutionary non-toxic method, where one single service protects you for an entire year.
At Bed Bugs all Gone you will enjoy the best overall value and results.
- - We respond rapidly to anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area and work long hours, six days a week to make sure you get the absolute best service…quickly, thoroughly and safely.
- - Your family and pets are totally safe since our treatment is non-toxic. We use Cimi-Shield, guaranteed by the manufacturer to be 100% non-toxic and “Generally Regarded As Safe” (GRAS) by the EPA. Its active ingredient is soybean oil, a natural substance which dissolves the bug’s waxy coating so bed bugs die from dehydration in just two to eight hours after exposure to Cimi-Shield.
- You have to do little or no preparation before we come out.
- - You get zero surprises since our fees are clearly noted (see the Best Value). In speaking with you by phone, we inform you that our fees vary depending on whether the property is vacant or occupied; unfurnished or furnished; and/or the level of infestation and clutter. We can give you a firm quote by phone 510-886-1236
- Non-toxic Cimi-Shield treatment kills bed bugs for an entire year and comes with a standard one year conditional warranty.
- We offer K-9 inspections. K-9’s have over 1,000 times the scenting ability of humans; it is incredible! Dogs are far more accurate in finding bed bugs than a human doing a physical inspection since bed bugs hide during the day. Our dog, Megan, is specially trained and is faster and far more precise than any human inspection.
- - We are local and family owned. Our owner was born in Palo Alto and received his degrees at Stanford. Our dog handler did her graduate work at San Jose State University.