Recently, there were reports of bed bugs being released in a Walmart in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Well, not so much released but left in an open pill jar inside a coat that was on the rack for sale.

Everyone knows that it’s best practice to tell your children before bed “Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” Most children do not really think about this but this is a real thing; yes, bed bugs do really bite and they really are a real thing.

Most people that are unfortunate enough to get bed bugs do not typically know where they pick up the little parasites. However, in this case, Walmart might be the answer.

Bed bugs in Walmart

Do You Need To Be Concerned?

Releasing bed bugs in a Walmart is a dastardly thing, but do you really need to be concerned about bed bugs in Walmart? The short answer is no. BUT yes, too. I know, a bit confusing, right? Many times when people get bed bugs they have no idea where they came from. In some cases, people do not realize they are re-infesting their home every day. Imagine you found that you have bed bugs at your home. You quickly hire an exterminator that uses a heat treatment (with no residual). Your bed bugs all die, yay! But then you go into work, sit in a chair that is commonly shared at work and before you know it, you have bed bugs again!

But can you get bed bugs while shopping? The odds of you going into Walmart and getting bed bugs is slim, real slim. But it is possible.

How Did I Get Bed Bugs?

Lets look a bit deeper into how people get bed bugs.

Bed bugs like certain things. They like cracks and crevices, they like blood and they are attracted to carbon dioxide. The short answer is that just walking into a Walmart is not going to result in you getting bed bugs.

Bed bugs are not looking to just randomly jump onto people. In fact, they cannot jump. While they do share some traits with fleas, such as feeding on blood, unlike fleas, jumping is not one of those traits.

The trickster that left these bed bugs behind seemed to have at least a little bit of knowledge about how bed bugs spread. They could have left them in the produce section, maybe on the banana. However, bed bugs on the bananas would most likely result in bed bugs running (the best they can) to find warmth and cover. They will head into any crack or crevice they can find. The odds of you getting bed bugs from bananas is slim to none.

But putting bed bugs in a pocket of jacket for sale, now we are talking about something that has the potential to turn into something quite nefarious. In fact, there are few other places in Walmart that would be better to put bed bugs than in a jacket. Jackets have pockets and lots of cracks and crevices for bed bugs to hid in. A jacket, unlike underwear is easy for multiple people to try on only to return it to the rack.

Sadly, yes, I would recommend inspecting any clothes you may try on at a store. When I travel, the first thing I do when I check into my hotel room is a thorough inspection of the mattress and box spring. It appears that now I will also me checking any clothes when shopping.

Bed Bug Facts

  • Bed bugs like to hide in cracks and crevices but are often found in clusters up high where the wall meets the ceiling. Bed bugs not only live in beds and mattresses but will live under baseboards and inside electrical outlets.
  • Bed bugs have an anesthetic in their saliva so that the host/victim does not feel the bed bug bite. On top of that, the saliva also has an anti-coagulant that keeps the blood a’ flowin!
  • After a good meal, bed bugs will crawl off to a hiding space where they will digest their meal and prepare to have babies!
  • Bug bugs DO NOT carry or spread disease.
  • Bed bugs have a methodical feeding schedule and they are rarely late for a meal. Each meal lasts 10-15 minutes.
  • Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide and will lay dormant until someone comes into a room breathing…then it’s time for them to get ready to eat.
  • Bed bugs are hardy; they are able to withstand near freezing to over 120 degree temperatures.
  • Bed bugs are often mistaken for mites, however they are actually insects.
  • Bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of. Many people say a professional exterminator is necessary. However, many professionals (including us) use a product called Crossfire. At the time of writing this article, Crossfire is 100% effective at eliminating bed bugs. Crossfire is easy to apply and is available to anyone in the United States.

Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Yourself

Many in the pest control industry will try to convince you that you need to hire a professional exterminator to get rid of your bed bugs. But as long as you are willing to do the simple treatment yourself, then you can rid rid of your bed bugs and save hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Here is exactly how you can easily get rid of bed bugs yourself…

“The method of using it is that you mix 13 ounces in 1 gallon of water. Do it in two parts, first pour half a gallon of water and the mixture, then after the mixture starts dissolving pour the other half. Make sure that the solution is well mixed and then you are ready to use it. You have to now apply Crossfire to cracks and crevices, like on or around baseboards, floorboards, bed frames, headboards, furniture, door and window frames, closets, beneath floor coverings, and the edges of the carpet. Spray it all across these areas. Keep on spraying until the targeted area is damp but do not make it wet. Have it on for some time and wait till they are dry to check the bed bugs and then use the spaces again.”

Note: Read the product label and instructions to maximize the effective use and ensure safety. Its formula and speed with which it performs make it an ideal choice for treating homes and apartment.

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Dusty Showers has been in the urban nuisance wildlife and pest control field since 1993. Taught by Garon Fyffe, a pioneer in humane nuisance wildlife management, Dusty has a passion for finding humane solutions to human & wildlife conflicts. Dusty was the only individual invited by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission in the lat 1990's to help write legislation for legal protection of Florida bats. With an instinct for solving wildlife, Dusty found pest control to be an easy "add-on interest". Dusty started his first business "Animal Instincts Wildlife & Pest Management" in the Tampa Bay, Florida area in 1995. Eventually selling Animal Instincts in 2002, Dusty went on to start Creepy Creatures Termite and Pest Control in 2009, which he still owns and operates today in Palm Harbor, Florida.

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