I was called to a home that was having problems with Bed Bugs. As usual, I inspected the home and talked to the resident. This is a classic case of how Bed Bugs are spread. The home is a small 3 bedroom ranch in a residential area. The family consists of a middle aged couple who both work during the day. Their son had recently moved back in and brought his girlfriend with him. I was told that the girlfriend stayed in the home most nights but sometimes stayed somewhere else. The bedroom where the young man and his girlfriend slept was heavily infested with Bed Bugs. There were a few other Bed Bugs in the other bedrooms as well. However, it was obvious that the problem was in the son's room.
Prior to treatment I explained the importance of getting the people under control. The girlfriend was probably exposed to Bed Bugs at the other home that she visited - this was later confirmed. I advised the head of household to be sure that people living in his home were not spending time in homes with Bed Bugs or they would be doing this all over again.
The man of the house wanted to discard the bed in the son's room and replace it with another one that he had. I told him that I could treat the bed but he could replace it if he wanted to. I asked him to let me inspect the replacement bed before he brought it inside the home. When I inspected the mattress I found Bed Bugs on it so I treated it before moving it inside. I asked where this mattress came from and he told me it was from his adult daughter's home.
Since then I have inspected two more homes and treated one more home owned by other family members. All of these homes were very clean with no clutter and the people were stunned that they would have Bed Bugs. I always tell people "It's not about your home; It's about who you know and where you go".