The name of the bed bugs explains where you can usually meet them. They live in a bed or near the bed. During the early stages of a bed bug infestation, they tend to congregate mainly in beds and other sleeping areas. As infestations increase, they move to other locations making control more difficult. They sneak into the tiniest crevices, the tiniest openings. They know where you are because they can sense the carbon dioxide you exhale. You have something they want. They come to suck your blood. I guess you like sleeping well and don’t want bedbugs to be in your bed. To protect yourself, you should recognize the warning signs of bed bug infestations.
How can you tell if the residence is haunted?
The bedroom and other sleeping areas should be carefully examined for bed bugs and signs of bed bug activity. Bed bugs usually congregate in a few areas, but it’s common to find a single insect or a few eggs scattered here and there. To be successful, you will need a powerful and bright flashlight. A thorough inspection can take up to an hour, so be patient and persistent. An effective technique for finding bedbugs is to turn on the light about an hour before sunrise, which is usually the time when bedbugs are most active.
Where should I look for?
Folds and creases in bedding, seams and tufts of mattresses and box springs are the secret sites of bedbugs. Box springs offer many places for bed bugs to hide, especially underneath where the fabric is stapled to the wooden frame. Bedbugs like wood and usually don’t like metal and plastic.
A thorough inspection will require the dismantling of the bed. Check the top and bottom surfaces of the components. Headboards fixed to the walls should also be removed and inspected. In hotels and motels, the area behind the headboard is often the first place for insects to settle. Bed bugs also lurk among items stored under the beds.
If you have a rug in your room, check under the edge of the rug. Bedbugs are evident within the folds of curtains, under the loose areas of wallpaper near the bed, in the corners of desks and dressers, within the spaces of wicker furniture, behind the moldings of the frames and in the laundry or other objects on the floor or around the room.
What do I have to look for?
- Mute skins. Look for the light brown skins of the nymphs.
- Fecal spots. Bedbugs leave droppings on things they have resided in. Dry droppings look like dark brown or reddish fecal spots. These marks are easily seen on light colored surfaces.
- Blood stains. Sometimes a engorged bedbug is killed accidentally. This results in a visible bloodstain.
- Peculiar smell. Sometimes a unique, sweetish coriander-like scent can be detected in the air in a severe infestation situation.
- Bedbugs themselves. While fecal stains and skin imprints suggest the presence of bed bugs, these do not confirm that the infestation is still active. Infestation can only be confirmed if you observe the same live (crawling) bedbugs.
Now you know the warning signs of bed bug infestations. Be careful at night and don’t let bedbugs bite!