How Do Bed Bugs Infest Office Spaces In Placerville?

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How Do Bed Bugs Infest Office Spaces In Placerville?

A good work environment puts employees in a good mood which translates into better quality work and less stress. One thing that destroys an individual’s morale is having to deal with bed bugs night after night. The only thing that would make this worse is if your office space was a hub for bed bug activity!

To help you determine if this is the case at your place of work, here are some signs to look out for and some bed bug behaviors you should know about.

What Signs Bed Bugs Leave Behind

Bed bugs are most likely to leave signs behind around areas where they are regularly feeding. Unless your office space has sleeping areas, there is a low chance that you will find much evidence that bed bugs are infesting your building.

To make things worse, bed bugs are very reclusive. More often than not they are hiding on an item, inside a crack or crevice, or in another hard-to-reach location. That said, bed bugs are more likely to be more out in the open if they are traveling.

How Bed Bugs Travel

Bed bugs are among nature’s slowest insects. They are also not built to survive outdoors for long periods. To get from place to place, these pests hitch rides on items. Now, they aren’t the smartest creatures on earth, but they do know how to identify objects that people carry often. They do this by smelling out traces of carbon dioxide. Items that regularly attract bed bugs include backpacks, luggage, used clothing, and furniture. Keep this in mind the next time you go on vacation or have family over to stay at your house through the holidays.

Why Bed Bugs Might Be In Your Office Space

Bed bugs do not typically infest office spaces. They will, however, use your building as a midway point when traveling from place to place. Like lice, if even one of your workers has an active infestation inside their home, they may bring these pests to work with them. Because bed bugs can survive upwards of a year without a blood meal, in optimal conditions, these pests will take shelter in secluded areas around your office space and then look for items to hide in, which will allow them to invade more of your workers’ homes.

Some Ways To Mitigate Bed Bugs

Because bed bug infestations are started by people, the only way to make sure these pests stay out of your office is by training your workforce. Here are a few tips and tricks we recommend you share:

  • Investigate beds for bloodstains, look around rooms for reddish-black dots of fecal matter, and examine your body for small red bites that run in a straight line or zig-zag pattern.
  • When traveling, check rooms for bed bugs and the signs they leave behind.
  • Before traveling home from being away, store used clothing inside airtight bags. Clean this clothing on high heat immediately after getting home.
  • Do not set items down in public for more than 20 minutes.
  • Check furniture and clothing for bed bugs before purchasing it.
  • Inform family and friends about bed bugs.

What It Takes To Eliminate A Bed Bug Infestation

If, despite your best efforts, bed bugs do find their way into your business, the professionals at Hangtown Pest Control are here to help. Our team is standing by and ready to inspect your building for the presence of bed bugs. If any are found, we will walk you through our bed bug control treatment measures and work with you to get these pests out fast.

Contact us today to learn more about these invasive pests and to discuss options for your Placerville office space.