Bed Bugs: Know the enemy and signs they're occupying your space.
Have you ever encountered Bed Bugs? If not, your one of the lucky few. 1 out of 5 Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.
These nasty little guys lay 1 to 5 eggs in a day and more than 500 in a lifetime.They can survive for several months without eating, withstand a wide range of temperatures, from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Their hatchlings are so small they can pass through a stitch-hole in a mattress.
Bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye and are about the size of a grain of rice. The eggs of a bed bug look similar to a grain of rice. They have a brownish tint and a flattish, oval body, which makes it easy for them to get in and out of small areas.
Bed bugs can live in almost any crevice, crack, or protected location.
What to do if you suspect Bed Bugs?
If you discover or suspects an infestation, immediate action is necessary to eradicate the pest. A licensed pest control professional should be contacted to evaluate the infestation then take over the situation. You don't want to mess around with this.
Signs that bed bugs are present:
•The bug itself
•Small blood spots on the surface of the linen
Places where bed bugs are often found:
•Within seams, tufts, and crevices of the mattress,
the box springs, bed frame, and headboard.
•Outlet covers and underneath nightstands
•Lodged in the head of a screw
•Drywall cracks and in the floorboards
•Along and under the edge of wall to wall carpeting
•Cracks in wood ceiling-wall junctures
•Behind wall of nearby sofas, chairs, and bed posts
•Behind loose wall coverings or fixtures
Checking a bed for Bed Bugs:
Step#1: Carefully pull back the bedding and look for signs that Bed Bugs are present and left behind blood spots and fecal stains.
Step#2: Thoroughly check the mattress, paying particular attention to edges, seams and air-holes. If possible, turn the mattress on its side to inspect the under-side too. Bed Bugs are more likely to be closest to the head of the bed, but make sure you take a look at the foot end of the mattress too.
Step#3: Pay special attention to wooden joints, corners, screw holes and staples. The wooden slats make a very attractive place for Bed Bugs to lay their eggs and the area where the cover is attached to the frame is a favorite hiding spot too.
Step#4: Check head board and bed frame. Remember to really look closely at any grooves in wooden headboards and pay attention to corners and joints. Don't forget to pull the bed away from the wall and inspect the backside completely too.