Bed bugs are something that many people fear. They can cause itchy bites and they can simply make you uncomfortable. When you think of bed bugs, chances are you think of them in terms of your furniture, such as your sofa, bed, bedding and other soft items. But did you know that soft surfaces aren’t the only places where you might find bed bugs? They might even be hiding in your electronics.
When Might You Have Bed Bugs in Your Electronics?
Although bed bugs can infest your electronics, the good news is that there are only certain circumstances in which you might find them there. Below are three specific circumstances which may cause a bed bug electronic infestation.
- Your Infestation is Very Severe – If you have a really bad bed bug infestation, and there isn’t any room under your box spring or mattress, they’re going to look for other places to go. This means any cracks in your walls, handy furniture and your electronics.
- Your Couch is Your Bed – Do often sleep on your couch? If so, and you have a television close by, you might have problems with bed bugs in the TV. Of course, they are going to prefer a soft surface like your couch. But if its underside’s full, they’re going to find someplace else.
- Placement of Items – If you are leaving something like your laptop computer beneath your bed for a long time, the laptop might become infested. This also applies to anything close to the bed when you have bed bugs such as furniture, old books and clothing.
Common Electronics & Bed Bug Infestations
- TV – While bed bugs used to occasionally crawl into older CRT TVs, LCD TVs generally don’t have as many points of entry that bed bugs can wiggle into. So unless you’re still using an older TV, this shouldn’t be a concern.
- Laptop Computer – Although laptops don’t have as many entry points, if you leave your laptop beneath your bed you might find that you have a problem.
- Vacuum Cleaner – If you are like a lot of people and vacuum your mattress and box spring, you may end up with an unpleasant surprise such as bed bugs. Vacuuming them up isn’t going to kill them. If you don’t empty your canister or bag, the bugs might come out of your vacuum and get back into the house.
- Fridge – If you are worried about an infestation of bed bugs in your fridge, don’t’ worry. They don’t like cold and they won’t find anything in there that they will like eating.
Tips for Picking Up Extra Companions While Traveling
Now that you know that bed bugs can live in some of your electronics, you want to know how to avoid having an infestation of bed bugs in the first place. One of the most common places hat people pick up bed bugs is when they travel. Below are four tips on how to avoid bringing home bed bugs.
- Careful Where You Place Your Items – When you’re at a hotel, don’t put your luggage or clothing right on the hotel bed. If there are bed bugs on the bed, they can climb into suitcases, bags or clothing that’s on it.
- Use the Right Luggage Racks – When you are using a luggage rack, make sure that it’s made of metal. The reason for that is because bed bugs can’t climb up metal surfaces easily. So when you go into your hotel room, look for someplace that is made of metal to rest your luggage rather than something made of wood.
- Use Plastic Bags – When you are packing up your clothing to go home, pack them in some plastic bags. This is going to help with preventing bed bugs which may have gotten into your suitcase from entering your house with the clothes. Bed bugs also can hide in toiletry kits made of cloth, books and other kinds of items that aren’t made of metal.
- Know Other Places – Although hotels are one of the big places where bed bugs can be found, there are other places where you might pick them up. They thrive in cool, dark places with a steady stream of humans. These can be places such as airplanes, trains, rental cars and buses. It’s not as common as finding them in hotels, but they can be found in these spots.
Signs That You Have Bed Bugs
Now that you know the electronics that bed bugs can hide in and how to avoid picking them up while traveling, it’s important to know how to know you have an infestation. Below are some of the signs that you have a bed bug problem.
- Itchy areas on your skin in the morning that weren’t there the night before, especially if you recently acquired a bed used from someone else.
- Blood spots on your pillowcases or sheets
- Rusty or dark spots on your walls, bedclothes, mattresses and sheets – this is bedbug excrement.
- Bedbug eggshells, shed skins or fecal spots where they’re hiding
- A musty, offensive odor coming from the scent glands of the bedbugs.
Bedbugs can be a huge problem and the last thing that you want is an infestation in your home. They can be hard to get rid of and they can make life very uncomfortable for your family. Remember that not only can they be found on soft surfaces but even in your electronics.
If you think that you have an infestation of bed bugs in your home, give us a call and let us give you a consultation. We have many years of experience dealing with many bugs, including bed bugs, and we will help you make your home much more comfortable again. If you have any questions, want to learn more about our bed bug extermination services, or want to schedule your first appointment, Serenity is always just a phone call away.