Where and How to Find Bedbugs
When there are bedbugs around, you would think it would be obvious. However, not all infestations are easy to spot. Minor problems are harder to detect, but you should always aim to seek out the bedbugs before they become more numerous, as the cost would be far less than a full blown extermination. Another problem that can arise is deciding whether you have a bedbug problem or another type of insect in your home. That is why today, we are going to discuss where and how to find bedbugs.
Not Just a Bite
One morning you might wake up feeling itchy and having red welts or dots on your arms and legs where bedbugs may or may not have bitten you. Contrary to popular belief, the first sign of bedbug infestation shouldn't be just the bite. First, bedbug bites can look like a number of things: rashes, bites from other insects (such as fleas, chiggers, and mosquitos), or even hives. In fact, some people's skin may not react to a bite at all, other than being slightly itchy.
Also, like fleas and other bloodsucking insects, bedbugs do not feed solely on humans. Birds, cats, and dogs may also attract bedbugs as well.
Where Bedbugs May Be Hiding
During the hours when bedbugs are lying dormant, they will hide in a number of places that may or may not always be your mattress. Look for bedbugs in the following places:
- Near piping, exposed or around walls
- Under seams and tags around mattresses and box springs
- Between bed frames, headboards, and walls
- Where carpet meets corners of a room
- In the seams of chairs, couches, cushions, and even the folds of curtains
- Between furniture drawers
- Inside electrical outlets and between appliances (such as TV and wall)
- Where wall and ceiling meet
Bedbugs, when not bloated on blood, are about the width of a credit card. Expect them to have wriggled into any place they see fit to hide. This may even be the head of a screw.
Keep in mind that bedbugs are not always in the immediate vicinity of your bed. They will travel 5-20 feet from where they hide to feed on their chosen host. Since this happens primarily at night, you may not be able to immediately find where they are gathering throughout the day.
What to Look For
The best way to detect whether there are bedbugs in your home or not would be to look for the physical evidence of their harborage. When you start cleaning around your home, search for the following:
- Any rusty and reddish-brown stains on bedsheets, mattresses, and other fabrics where bedbugs could be hiding or get crushed. These may also be blood spots.
- Dark spots the size of the bullets of this list or slightly smaller. These dots are blood, excrement, and such.
- Eggs and broken shells. Though extremely tiny, these eggs and the eggshells are sure way of detecting bugs.
- Living bedbugs.
Now that you know where to look for bedbugs and the signs to watch out for, if you suspect that you may have an infestation, you know where to start your investigation. Should you find bedbugs, don't wait to have the problem taken care of. Though you can handle bedbugs on your own when the infestation is minor, it is always best to hire a professional group with a comprehensive strategy to ensure you never have to worry about these pests again.