A bed bug infestation is a timely hassle most people want to avoid. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood to survive, so no one wants to encounter any bed bugs in their home. Unfortunately, a bed bug infestation can occur almost anywhere, and even in your own home.
At the same time, bed bugs are expert hiders, so you may not even know you have a bed bug infestation until it has become overwhelming and impossible to ignore. With that in mind, you may want to check early if you do suspect you have any number of bed bugs in your home.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny, parasitic creatures that feed on the blood of people and animals. Bed bugs are small, only about the size of an apple seed and have flat bodies that they can compress and squeeze into small spaces and crevices.
They tend to feed on people or animals while they are sleeping, and will adjust their own sleeping schedule to be opposite of their host. They will feed on their host by biting, feeding, then moving a little, and biting again to feed more. This leaves a cluster or zig-zag bite pattern, different from other insect bites.
Bed bugs also emit a musty or sweet smell that you may notice before you find any bed bugs. If you notice this type of smell in your home, it may be worth taking a moment to check around for bed bugs.
Bed bugs will often enter your home by hitching a ride on things like your clothes, used furniture, or luggage. While they can enter your home from the outside through openings, since bed bugs feed off of blood, it is more common they will find a way into your home through people or pets.
Clothes and Luggage
Bed bugs will often hide in your clothes or luggage if you happen to visit a place with a bed bug infestation. Make sure to check your clothes and luggage after any trip, and also make sure to check any hotel rooms before unpacking.
It may seem common sense to check out any used furniture you’re thinking about picking up, but make sure to keep an extra eye out for bed bugs, even if the furniture is coming from a reputable source. It’s very easy for bed bugs to disappear into the cracks and crevices of things like a sofa.
The obvious place to check for a bed bug infestation is the bedroom, and more specifically, the bed. Bed bugs will try to hide deep in any cracks or crevices in your bed. Places like the lining and seams of your mattress or sheets is a prime location for bed bugs to hide.
You may want to additionally check places like your headboard or bed frame. Places like where the joints meet or other extra cracks or spaces you can find.
Basically, bed bugs will hide anywhere they can. Ideally, they would like to be as close to their host as possible, but either way they will be attracted to places where they can disappear and hide. Any sort of clutter or mess can be the perfect hiding spot for any bed bug infestation.
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