How to Check for Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are the tiny, blood beasts of most people’s nightmares. The worst part about these pests is they’re incredibly difficult to see because of their tiny size and can go for long periods before they’re detected. Bed bugs are nocturnal and typically live near where their human host sleeps, which is why many find bed bugs in their bedrooms or between their sheets.
The best way to treat an infestation is by detecting the minuscule pests early and noticing the common signs of bed bugs. By recognizing and treating bed bug problems early, you can minimize discomfort, reduce property damages and keep extermination costs low.
Signs of Bed Bugs
While bed bugs are known for biting unsuspecting humans while they sleep, these bites are not the best method for detecting a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites are very small and often resemble bites from other insects such as mosquitos or chiggers, or can look like a skin irritation, such as a rash, fungal infection or hives. Some people may not even show visible signs of bug bites.
The best method for spotting a bed bug infestation is looking for physical signs of bed bugs around your home or sleeping areas. When cleaning or swapping our your bedding, regularly check for:
- Bed bug skin sheddings or small eggs or eggshells
- Reddish stains or fecal residue on surfaces or bedding
- Blood stains on sheets or clothing
- Live bed bug insects on surfaces
How to Find Bed Bugs During the Day
When you start to notice unusual stains, skin or egg leftovers or skin irritations, do a thorough check of your living spaces to try to detect live bed bugs. Bed bugs can hide in a variety of different places around your home and because of their minute size, can squeeze into even the tightest spaces. You can typically find bed bugs during the day around your bed and under tags or seams, between seat cushions, folds in curtains or fabric, in drawers, under loose wallpaper or wall hangings, between baseboards, inside carpeting fibers and in headboards and bed frames.
To detect bed bugs during the day, grab a flashlight and a stiff, flat object such as a scraper or credit card. Shine the light around commonly found bed bug nesting areas, looking for molted skins, eggs, feces or live bugs. Make sure to check in even the tiniest cracks and crevices, using the flat object to avoid direct contact.
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