How to get rid of bed bugs - the signs that say you have them, and how to prevent them. Bites, blood spots on the bed sheets, black spots on the mattress these are all signs of a bed bug
When you do come home, take your suitcases straight to your washer and dryer and put your clothes through there. If you can't wash them immediately, put them in garbage bags and seal them up so the bed bugs can't get out. Then when you're ready to wash them, unseal the bag and stick them right in there immediately.
Bed bugs usually come out at night for a blood meal. However, they are opportunistic insects and can take a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Bed bugs usually require 5-10 minutes to engorge with blood. After feeding, they move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days.
Busses and trains aren't the only public places where you can get bed bugs. Any location where people work and stay for longer periods of time may inhabit the critters--schools, offices and even movie theatres can all become breeding grounds for the bug.
While it is often assumed that they come from hotels and motels, the list of places bed bugs have been found is much more extensive. Here are a few places bed bugs can come from: Buses, trains, planes, cruise liners, and taxi cabs. Office buildings. City Hall. Colleges and universities. Fire Stations. Nursing homes.
Like most bugs, bed bugs come from outside the house. If you live in an apartment or any other shared living situation and have a bed bug infestation, it could be that they came from an adjoining apartment through cracks in the floors and walls. Pesticide foggers like bug bombs don't get rid of bed bugs, but instead, displace them — they go searching for a new home. For that reason, you want to avoid using bug bombs to deal with the infestation.