Bedbugged! is a weekly column by journalist and bed-bug survivor Theresa Braine. For more, click here.Some new colleagues recently moved to the area, and we wanted to make them feel welcome. So, of course, I brought up the subject of avoiding bed bugs when apartment-hunting."Oh, yeah, we signed all those papers," one guy chuckled.
The way bed bugs reach your car is actually very simple. They will travel from your bedroom to your car via attaching themselves to your clothing items. You will get them from a place that's already infested and once they reach your car they will infest it as well. The main reason here is that bed bugs breed very fast which means that your car can easily get infested.
You don't want the bed bugs in your car to find their way to your home or workplace, so you need to nip the infestation in the bud. Bed bugs are highly susceptible to heat; exposure to at least 120 degrees will kill them in a matter of minutes, and 180 degrees or more will kill them on contact.
Bed bugs in your home. Bed bug infestations in the car are rare, but regular inspection and cleaning is recommended. If there is a bed bug infestation in your car, then it likely will spread to the inside of your house if bed bugs were to attach to your clothing or to your belongings that you carry inside from the car.
If you have a feeling you may have bed bugs in your vehicle, you'll need to inspect the car completely to confirm. To do this, remove any excess clutter, trash, or debris from the car so you can get a clear view of the vehicle.
When bugs hit your car's front bumper, the grill and the backs of the mirrors—the most common landing areas, along with the windshield—and aren't cleaned off right away, problems could start. Bug splatter is acidic and can destroy your car's paint, leaving pockmarks.