Did you know bed bugs can be found in used or free cardboard boxes, so be careful of who you are getting used boxes from, for example KIjiji or Craiglist. A pest control technician with Orkin in Prince George says bed bug activity has doubled or tripled over the past year.
Did you know that cardboard boxes are a perfect nesting place for Bed Bugs and other insects. The corrugated tubes of the paper construction are ideal places for bugs to hide, nest and lay eggs.
If you are planning on moving soon, you have probably already been thinking of ways to pack your household belongings and personal treasures. Routinely people search high and low through grocery stores, alleys behind big box stores and even dumpsters looking for free used cardboard boxes. Does this sound familiar? Have you ever stopped to think of what might be living in these would-be moving boxes?
Recent developments in the war on Bed Bugs suggest that these blood sucking insects are hitching rides from house to house comfortably packed away with the household belongings of unsuspecting victims. In most cases the victims did not have Bed Bugs in their old home but by the time they unpack in their new home, the infestations were in full force. Where do the infestations originate? The most likely explanation would be that Bed Bug eggs were layed in the moving boxes used in the move.
Many online Bed Bug forums have popped-up around the Internet where people who have lived through Bed Bug infestations share stories and advice on how to identify, avoid and eliminate Bed Bugs. The general opinion from most victims is that cardboard moving boxes make an excellent harbor or nesting place for many insects including Bed Bugs and cockroaches. Bed Bug and cockroach eggs are light in color, extremely small and very difficult to see. They are almost impossible to see if layed deep inside one of the hundreds of paper tubes woven into the walls of cardboard boxes. So, even if a used or free cardboard moving box, at a glance, looks like it doesn't contain any insects, you really can't tell.
So why risk using cardboard boxes?