Bedbugs in Offices

Are there bedbugs in offices? It doesn't sound possible, does it? Most people think of bedbugs as being nighttime pests in bedrooms, hotels, or dormitories. The fact is, bedbugs have been found in planes, trains, taxis, and even in theater seats. Bedbugs thrive wherever there are people to bite.

Bedbugs are flat, oval insects. Many people think bedbugs look a little like watermelon seeds. They feed on blood – usually human blood. They sometimes feed on bats, birds, and even small animals.

Bedbugs are common in hotels, motels, and extended stay facilities. They come out at night and bite the sleeping host/person. The feeding process can last as long as 15 minutes, but it is usually finished in just 4-5 minutes.

After feeding, the bedbugs look for cracks or crevices. The bedbugs will normally hide until the next feeding. If the victim had placed luggage, a briefcase, or a laptop bag on the floor beside the bed, the bedbugs could easily climb into it.

Unsuspecting travelers often transport bedbugs to their offices after business trips. In the office, bedbugs would wander around until they find a host/person. That might be in a desk chair, a conference room chair, a lunchroom chair, or a couch in a waiting room. After feeding, the bedbug would probably hide in the nearest crack or crevice.

Immature bedbugs are mature after about five meals. That means that a bedbug could begin producing eggs within a few weeks after arriving in an office. They reproduce slowly, but over time, it is possible for the bedbug population to grow.

Bedbugs can be challenging to recognize. Many people have an itching reaction after several bedbug bites. However, it the bite site swells, the victim might think that a spider or a flea caused it. Sometimes bedbug bites are confused with allergic reactions to seasonal plants, pet dander, or some other cause.

A thorough inspection is the surest way to find and identify bedbugs. Many people prefer to call a pest control professional. Using flashlights and inspection mirrors, these people can find the pests and their hiding places. If treatment is needed, they can do that as well.