Now that many people understand that bedbugs are a problem they are taking extra precautions to prevent accidentally bringing them home. Travelers frequently inspect hotel rooms and are frequently removing, and looking into the folds of the bed. Some even take the precaution of wrapping their items in plastic, and even immediately placing their clothing on a high heat cycle upon returning home. We like to think that taking these extra precautions will prevent our home from becoming infested, but somehow the bedbug epidemic continues to grow.
The fact is that while it is a good practice to take precautions like making visual inspections when traveling, bed bugs are so small that they can hide almost anywhere. It is also important to note that the tiny parasites can travel up to 100 feet in order to feed, therefore infestations are now always in the bed or even bedroom. Bed bugs are also not only picked up when traveling. Among other places, bed bugs can be picked up from a chair in an office or car, passed from one piece of luggage to another, or brought into your home on the clothing of a guest.
Just as significant in the battle against bed bug infestations is the rate of production. A single female bed bug can lay over 500 eggs in one month, so as you can imagine a bed bug infestation can grow and spread quite quickly. It seems that in lieu of the creation of a miracle solution to bed bug infestations, the best defense is a good offense. By early bedbug detection we can protect ourselves while reducing the spread of bed bugs.