How Do bed Bugs Spread in Wisconsin?
Bed bugs may be slow movers, but an infestation can spread quicker than you may think. Bed bug infestations usually start when bed bugs find their way into a new space after latching to purses, suitcases, backpacks, or luggage.
Bed bugs most often spread in the following ways:
- In multi-unit housing like apartments or dorm rooms
- Picking up bed bugs while traveling from a hotel
- Bringing infested furniture into the home
Are Bed Bugs Able to Fly?
Bed bugs do not possess developed wings, and are thus unable to fly. Unlike other parasitic insects, bed bugs also are not known to jump long distances. To get around and spread from one room to another, bed bugs crawl. Bed bugs actually are relatively slow crawlers. Because they tend to hide near where they feed, there’s no need for them to crawl quickly. After feeding, they’ll crawl back to their hiding spot until they emerge again. In rare cases, the bugs can be seen crawling on walls.
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How Quickly Do Bed Bugs Spread in Wisconsin?
The good news is that bed bugs don’t move quickly on their own. Unfortunately, they can easily—and quickly—spread from one place to another by latching onto purses, suitcases, backpacks, or luggage. From there, they can easily transport from one spot to another. This is why bed bug infestations frequently are tied back to travel, and why it’s important to stay vigilant when traveling to avoid bringing them home with you. Once they get into your home, they can move silently from room to room over time before ever being noticed.
Are Bed Bugs Really Contagious?
While bed bugs spread when they latch onto suitcases and purses, they are not considered “contagious” because they rarely are passed from person to person. Bed bugs do not like heat, and thus do not live on humans and transmit to other people that way. Although they aren’t directly contagious, it is very common for bed bugs to spread from one building to another through the ways mentioned above.