Bed bugs migrate through hiding in suitcases, boxes and shoes to the next food available sources. They feed only on blood of humans and other warm blooded hosts. They can survive without food for months. Hence keeping the house vacant or continuous travel with the infested baggage would not reduce bedbug infestation.
They have cryptic behavior which makes them conceal in cracks and crevices, electrical switch plates, wall papers, car seats, folded beads, furniture, mattresses etc.,
Bed bugs usually require 5-10 minutes to engorge with blood. They suck the blood almost 2 to 3 times of their body weight and seclude themselves by hiding for 5 to 10 days by digesting this meal, mating and laying eggs.
Vacuuming all the hiding places after proper visual inspections and washing the cloth in hot water.
A discussion with a professional in bed bug management is suggested.
- Avoid buying second hand furniture, mattress.
- Cover your suitcase with plastic trash bag during the stays outside your home.
- Check you baggage before you place inside your home.