Bed Bugs Control: How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
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The bed bug has long been a common household pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and being an extreme nuisance to humans. Bed Bugs are considered a public health pest, but unlike most pests, Bed Bugs are not known to carry diseases. Nevertheless, getting rid of bed bugs remains a high priority for any household which encounters them.
In recent years, there has been an increase in bed bug outbreaks mainly due to international travel. Bed bugs are known to hitchhike into luggage and even onto people themselves by hiding in clothing. Bed bugs commonly infest mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, and luggage racks. Other places include nightstands, chairs, baseboards, wall decor, and curtains.
If you have discovered Bed Bugs in your home, you will need to take action quickly as they will become a severe nuisance and the cause of numerous sleepless nights that will take a toll on everyone.
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Once you have properly identified Bed Bugs, you will need to conduct an inspection to see how big of an infestation you have and where they are the most active.
Where To Inspect
Bed Bugs like to hide in dark, tightly-packed spaces, and in cracks and crevices. Despite their name, they will live and hide in more than just your bed; they will be in box springs, bed frames, carpeting, furniture, ceiling fans, picture frames, and electronics. They can even be found hiding in living room couches or dining chairs.
Although bed bugs will be hiding throughout the bedroom, it is best to begin your search where they will most likely be found: on the bed and bedding (pillows and pillowcases, bed sheets, comforters etc.)
Check carefully along the edges, tufts, and seams of the mattress. Use a flashlight to inspect more carefully. Flip the mattress to inspect it thoroughly. Check every nook and cranny of the box spring and bed frame and headboard.
In other rooms, look in furniture, shelves, cabinets, electronics, and every object with cracks and crevices where bed bugs could hide. Examine the baseboards of the carpeting where the carpet meets the walls.
What To Look For
During your search, you will be looking for bed bug activity or signs of infestation. Luckily, there are some common, easy to spot signs that you may have bed bugs. Here are 5 signs that you might have bed bugs on your mattress:
1. Fecal Traces
Bed bugs leave traces of their feces wherever they go. Because bed bugs feed on blood, their feces will resemble dried blood. It will typically be dark redd-ish brown or black in color. Bed bug droppings also will look like dark smears on your bedding or mattress. It will look as though someone has taken a marker and drawn several spots with it.
A very good (but not conclusive) sign that you have bed bugs is bite marks on your skin. The bed bug bite mark may appear different from person to person, depending on their sensitivty. But the most common sign are red, itchy welts, usually found on the back, neck, or legs.
3. Blood Smears
Bed bugs pierce the skin of their host to feed on blood. When they feed on us, small drops of blood will fall onto our sheets, pillowcases, and mattress. So if you are seeing small blotches of blood on your bedding, this can be a clear sign.
4. Bed Bug Skin Shells
With every bloodmeal, a bed bug will grow and mature. As they do so, they will need to molt. This is when they cast off their current skin shell and emerge larger in their new skin shell. If you see empy bed bug skin shells, then you will know there are feeding bed bugs nearby.
5. Bed Bug Odor
A little known fact is that bed bugs do have an odor. They leave behind a unique, musty smell which emanates from the bed bug's scent gland. This is a good sign that you have bed bugs, but not the best sign because it can be hard to detect the smell. If the bed bug infestation is large enough, however, you may smell them as lay in bed.