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What is the main cause of bed bugs?

Question: What is the main cause of bed bugs?

Answer: “Hitchhiking” from an infested location or item to a previously non-infested location or item are the main causes of bed bugs. Some items that enable bed bugs to hitchhike are used furniture, luggage from an infested hotel/motel or in backpacks that children bring home from school.

Picture of bed bug bites on skin

Bed bug bites on skin

Two Bed Bugs

Two Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are blood feeders, so once inside they move from one location to another as they search for a bloodmeal. Bed bugs must to have safe places to hide. So, any home or building that is cluttered makes a great place for bed bugs go unnoticed until the population grows into an infestation.

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