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Where Do Bedbugs Come From?

Anatomy of a bed bug infographic.

Sources of Bedbugs

Bed Bug Sources Phoenix AZ

Bedbug prevention requires you to know where bedbugs come from. There are many different ways Bedbug infestations get started:

Used Furniture & Items

This is a very common source of bed bugs! Don’t buy refurbished mattresses or couches. If you buy new furniture, pick it up. Furniture delivery trucks also take away used furniture, and can have bedbugs in them. Don’t rent furniture. Don’t store other people’s furniture at your home. If you help someone move and have other people’s things in your car, inspect your car after their things are gone. Inspect all garage sale furniture or antique store furniture first, and thoroughly clean. Inspect all used books, and things, before you buy them. If you shop at a thrift store, put items right into the washer and dryer when you get home!


Check for: Bedbugs (similar in size and shape to a tick but they have a rusty reddish color), Bedbug spots (several little black spots in a group), and Bedbug’s eggs (look like little tiny pieces of rice).


If you thing you picked up bedbugs in your luggage: Put it in a sealed plastic bag with a fumigation strip, or put the sealed plastic bag in the HOT sun for a few days, or put it in the dryer.

Other Sources

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