The bed bud is quite stealth at hiding in your home. Even Sherlock Holmes would have a few exasperated sessions trying to locate them. Since the bed bug is about the size of a grain of salt, you have to look for their "droppings" to know you have a bed bus issue and not a stray spider or whatever else is biting you.
The good thing is that the bed bug bite is red, itchy and welts up. Below is a picture for clarification. Another plus is that when they feed, their waste is reddish-brown and that can easily be seen on your mattress and in the seams. See below for a photo. OK, let's breakdown hiding places:
The first place you want to check is your bed, headboards, mattress, box springs, bedding, night table, creases and cracks in your floors. As we shared above, the remains are reddish-brown and sometimes they leave their exoskeletons. I know, gross, but like a caterpillar, they grow out of their baby seed. When the bed bug is an egg, it's clear, and only when it feeds does it turn red and grow. See the picture below.
If You Have a Heavy Infestation
Bed bugs love dark, musty, sheltered areas, they're "shady" like that. LOL, Ok, back to business, you will find an infestation in the following areas:
- Carpets, linens, rugs, bedding, and curtains.
- Where the wall meets the ceiling corners.
- Cushions, seams, and crevices of couches, chairs and other upholstered furniture.
- Check wallpaper, behind picture frames and baseboards.
- Behind switchplates and inside electrical appliances.
- Tables, chairs, inside desk drawers and their corners.
You might even find them in your closet hiding in your clothes. If you do find them, wash your clothes and dry them above 120 degrees. They cannot last in a dryer over 20-30 minutes at that heat.
Other Bed Bugs Zones
Since bed bugs are very tiny, they can slide their way through the smallest of openings. This includes wood, walls, furniture, clothing, and bedding.
Backpacks and suitcases can be infiltrated by bed bugs as well. This is one way they travel from person to person. If an infected person gets on the train, or a bus even a car seat, it is not safe. As long as the temperatures are above 50F they are quite comfy.
Bed Bugs Go Everywhere
If there is a domestic residence that's just what a bed bug looks for. There are reports of outbreaks in schools, nursing homes, hospitals, college campuses, and office buildings. NYC had an epidemic a few years ago and it was 5-Star Hotels that were affected, not just cheap hotels. All of these places have one thing in common, human blood was there. Bed bugs search just for that.
Lately, there have been movie theatres and stores attacked. This happens because someone came to those areas and had bed bugs that fell off or if they were trying on clothes, the bed bugs went to the new outfit. That's a scary thought. Another reason to wash your store-bought items before wearing or putting on your body.
Many kids have stuffed animals and toys, these are also perfect hiding spots for the dreaded bloodsuckers. At least you can wash the stuffed animals. The toys you can throw in the dishwasher for cleaning.
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