Inspecting for Bed Bugs[ Bed Bug Identification | Inspecting For Bed Bugs | Treating For Bed Bugs | Preventing Bed Bugs]
Checking for Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs are incredibly small and can fit into the smallest cracks and crevices. This makes will make Bed Bugs difficult to locate in the home and can make controlling them difficult.
Common Bed Bug Hiding Areas
It is advised to use a good flashlight as well as flat, thin object like a credit card or paint scraper, check around beds, mattresses, and any other area where you think you might have Bed Bugs. You want to be looking for the Bed Bugs themselves, their eggs, fecal matter, and molted skin as traces of an infestation. Be certain to also look in the cracks, crevices, and folds of fabric, furniture, and bedding.
Bed Bugs are naturally attracted to warm places. The favorite hiding place for Bed Bugs is in mattresses and beds. Check your sheets and bedding for blood spots that the Bed Bugs may have left behind. Thoroughly inspect all the seams, tufts, and folds of your mattress in addition to corners or crevices. Bed Bugs will also hang out where humans sit in one place for long periods. Sofas, chairs, recliners, and office chairs are popular hiding places for Bed Bugs. Also look under furniture where the fabric and legs intersect, and under and in-between the cushions. The baseboards and carpet should also be checked as well for Bed Bug activity.
Less Common Areas That Bed Bugs Hide
When the Bed Bugs are treated, it is important to know precisely where they are located, and also where they are not, in your house. This will better help you to target where to start treating for Bed Bugs and avoid wasting product. You want to make sure you do not miss any Bed Bugs, which can cause the infestation to go on longer.
Making use of your flashlight and flat object you most likely used earlier, be sure to carefully check your nightstands and dressers. Empty out each of the drawers and check the cracks and joints of all of the drawers. Do not forget to turn your drawers upside down and check the bottom areas.
Also it is recommended to thoroughly check all curtains, drapes, around the window frames and door frames, the ceiling, behind loose wallpaper, outlet covers, under lamps, picture frames, inside alarm clocks as well as other home electronics.
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