Bed bugs are common in hotels, motels and even airplanes these days. However, many people wouldn't expect to hear about them infesting buses. Bed bugs are now being found on buses used for public transportation. Like airplanes, buses carry hundreds of people back and forth within a day. These people can bring bacteria and pests onto the bus with them. Once bed bugs are on the bus, it doesn't take long for them to get comfortable and infest the place, Allergy Technologies noted. If the bus is traveling a long distance, they may also have time to get into people's belongings, such as handbags, meaning they could come home with you. Consider these tips to prevent bed bugs from following you home.
Get to know the enemy: If you regularly take the bus, it's important you familiarize yourself with bed bugs. One thing that's important to know is that bed bugs like to hide, and mainly choose areas that are upholstered or have a fabric covering. So, if you're hopping on the bus, try to avoid these areas and instead stand, WFTX-TV suggested. You should also steer clear of placing belongings on these types of seats, as it makes bed bugs' jobs much easier.
Don't get separated from your stuff: If you can help it, don't place your items in a bus's undercarriage, as this is one of the easiest ways bed bugs can crawl from one bag to another. While these areas are usually not upholstered, people are often the reason behind the bed bug invasion, as they bring the bugs in the first place. Instead, try to keep your bag with you. If you cannot, place it inside a plastic bag, such as a shopping bag. This will prevent bed bugs from wiggling into your stuff.
Wash well: If you're on a longer bus ride and you suspect that bed bugs might have crawled into your things or onto your clothing, it's important to wash everything. Place all your belongings in a washing machine on high hot setting and/or place them in the dryer at the highest setting for at least 30 minutes & at 50% capacity to ensure that you kill off all bugs. Wash your belongings as soon as you get home, and don't let them sit on the floor or in a hamper, as the bed bugs could infest your home.
You probably already know that most people are repulsed by the simple sight of cockroaches. If you are personally dealing with a cockroach infestation, the feelings of disgust are probably even more intense. Unfortunately, the cold winter weather tends to be one of the reasons this pest ends up in your home in the first place, according to Any Pest. While you may know that you don't want to share your home with cockroaches this winter, there are a number of interesting facts about this pest that you've probably never heard.
Because of the high amount of traffic and the versatility of the facilities, pests are naturally attracted to long-term care institutions. Many nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other care facilities include on-site kitchens and cafeterias as well as private rooms and common spaces. All of these places are susceptible to attracting pests because of the presence of food, water and viable habitats.
During the summer months, some people love to go camping with family and friends. Yet this fun trip can be ruined with a few unwanted visitors, most notably different types of bugs. Crawling spiders, hungry mosquitoes and buzzing flies can become annoying quickly. How can you avoid these pests when you're outdoors? Consider these tips to keep bugs out of your campsite.
Carpenter ants can chew through the strongest studs and stringers in a house as they hollow the wooden beams out for nesting. The resulting damage can weaken the home's structural support and require expensive repairs. Professional pest control workers can remove a colony of ants, but the best practice for homeowners is to learn the best ways to keep out an ant colony and prevent the problem before it begins.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway:
As the middle of summer approaches, you need to be vigilant about keeping your garden free of pests. Many insects breed during the summertime, which means they're on the lookout for great places to lay their eggs. For many bugs, that means near a source of food. In fact, some species of insects will lay their eggs inside budding vegetables and fruit so their larvae have something to eat as soon as they hatch. That's why you have to keep harmful bugs out without damaging the bugs that could help you, such as bumble bees.
You might have noticed that, with the exception of the kitchen, you find more pests in your bathroom than in the rest of your home. This is because insects and rodents see the bathroom as a convenient watering hole. Pests love leaky pipes and standing water because these offer them a hydrating oasis in the otherwise dry biome that is your house or apartment. And if your bathroom develops mold, all the better for pests, who may eat fungus or use it to lay their eggs.
The kitchen is largest gathering place for pests in a residential home. The reason is simple: pests can grab a bite to eat and take a sip of water while they're here. And when they find such a bountiful place, they will return home to their nests and report the finding - before you know it, your whole pantry is a buffet for ants! The problem could get even worse if a piece of food falls somewhere and begins to rot. Similarly, fruit and vegetables you bring into your home may be harboring unseen pests waiting to hatch.