Bed bugs are some of the worst pests your home can be infected with. They are extremely resilient, and multiply quickly. Sometimes an infestation can be so unexpected and intense people are forced to move out of their home. The common perception is that bed bugs only infest dirty beds, or sketchy motels. This is not entirely true. While they are found in dirty areas, clean homes are just as susceptible to serious infestations. Dateline interviewed a military bug specialist on the matter, and this is what he had to say about the common misconceptions of bed bugs:
“Infestations of common bed bugs, Cimex lectularius L., are not directly related to sanitation levels. The cleanest living area can have a very large infestation , and improving sanitation alone will not eliminate an established bed bug population. Cluttered conditions can offer the bugs a lot of excellent harborages very near their human blood-meal hosts. Almost anyone is at risk of having an infestation if bed bugs are brought into their home. ” – Harold Harlan
So we’re not here to tell you that bed bugs are biting you at night because you aren’t clean enough. It’s also a commonly known fact that louse and small parasitic-like creatures can breed easily on clean surfaces compared to dirty ones. What we are here to tell you is that dry cleaning can kill bed bug eggs. If you didn’t know, bed bugs infest everywhere that they possibly can, and they can where they can reach. So if you’ve got bed bugs in your bed you’ve got them in your clothes, and the rest of their home. They simply spread to quickly. So it’s imperative you take action as soon as you notice the first signs of a bed bug infestation. If you spot the little devils, that’s an easy enough indicator. They’re often hidden well however; and you’ll usually feel them before you seem them as a result. On your skin the bites will be red, itchy, and usually in a straight line.
Some people will tell you to just get rid of all the linens in the home so they don’t have a chance of coming back. Others will say wash your clothes several times and dry them as well. The truth is that it’s difficult to know exactly when all of the eggs are gone. Dry Cleaning however kills bed bugs swiftly. Call in and ask about using dry cleaning to rid your linens of pest eggs. You are required to let us know however! It’s not an excuse to not have noticed either. We realize that bed bugs are difficult to get rid of but they are not difficult to notice, please bag your clothes accordingly and alert our staff. You needn’t worry about judgement, we are trained dry-cleaning professionals, and as a result we know bed bugs are simply unfortunate.