There are a lot of pests that we deal with in Hawaii. Termites, rodents and cockroaches are some of the most damaging and most frustrating pests we come into contact with, but there is one pest that is considered the least favorite and most unpopular pest in Hawaii: that pest is the bed bug! Bed bugs are difficult to locate. They are tiny, about the size of an apple seed. They are also nocturnal, which means they’re searching for a blood meal while you are sleeping.
Generations of Eastern European housewives doing battle against bedbugs spread bean leaves around the floor of an infested room at night. In the morning, the leaves would be covered with bedbugs that had somehow been trapped there.
Bed bugs are everywhere, including right here in Honolulu and Hawaii and when people discover that they have a bed bug infestation, the most common question asked is how did bed bugs arrive in their home. Well since bed bugs do not fly like some insects or jump like fleas, they did not enter under their own steam through the front door. While they do not have wings and can’t jump, they are skilled climbers and will actually crawl up high to drop down onto their target (which could be a bed, chair, person, bag etc.) Once on an item/person, they will hitch a ride right into your home, unnoticed of course!
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