How to Spot Bed Bugs
Tips from Members of the National Pest Management Association
Bed bug infestation has emerged as a new crisis for the developed world. Either one out of every five Americans has faced bed bug problems or they know someone who has. The situation has worsened over the years. Bed bug control works the best it possibly can if they are detected early. However, early detection is not an easy task.
Bed bugs are shy creatures and they live in dark crevices and corners. They are difficult to spot and an inexperienced eye may not be able to detect many of them even while they are crawling on the sheets.
Bed Bug Signs—Things to Look For
If you are looking for signs of bed bugs in your home, then you must start looking for droppings, their skin peels, and blood smears. Bed bug droppings are black color specks on the seams of your sheets and mattresses. They are telltale signs of bed bugs. The tiny yellowish flakes are the skin peels of bed bugs; although, they are often difficult to detect. The most visible signs of bed bugs are blood smears on your sheets because as bed bugs feed, they leave trails of blood behind them.
Once you have made sure there are bed bugs in your home, the next step is to look for their hiding spots to get an idea of the size of your infestation.
Places You’ll Need to Inspect
Your Sheets & Mattresses
Your sheets and mattresses are the places you should begin. Look at the seams of your sheets and the ribs of your mattresses. The bed bugs will probably be on the underside of your mattress and therefore, you will have to look there.
Inside Your Pillow Covers
Pillow covers are a good hiding place for bed bugs. Slowly reverse them and look closely at the seam for black specks.
Inside the Box Spring
This is one of the most unreachable and darkest spots. Bed bugs breed and thrive in dark places, so you must look at the corners of the box spring and locate bed bug droppings.
Behind the Light Switches
Bed bugs crawl behind the light switches and come out at night to suck your blood. You can trace them back there too.
Behind Wall Paintings
Wall paintings are also a safe hideout for bed bugs. You should carefully look at the corners to find the black specks from their droppings.
Closets can also be a hiding place for bed bugs. They can hide at the edges of drawers in the closets.
Stuffed toys are another big target of bed bugs as they can hide in them safely. Kids keep moving the toys from one room to another and the bed bugs can get an easy ride to other places in your home.
Overall, bed bugs can be found in the seams, cracks, edges, crevices, and voids in the objects in your room. They love to stay in dark places which is why you must inspect everything closely.
Bed Bug Removal Requires Experience & Expertise
Bed bug removal is an even more complex job and is best suited for the experts. It not only requires proper identification of all their hiding spots but complete extermination. If the infestation is in its early stages, then you may not be able to see them at all. They only come out at night to feed and will hide quickly even at your slightest movement. Visual inspection is generally unreliable. If you have any bed bug bite marks, calling the experts is the best step.
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