Bed bug infestations are on a rise in the United States. More and more people are being affected by these bugs every year. Bed bugs do not discriminate against anyone; class, race, and gender are a not a factor when it comes to these tiny blood suckers. They will hitch a ride in luggage, furniture, clothing, and anything else they can crawl on and hide. So the question arises, how do I know if I have bed bugs? There are a few signs you can look for, but a thorough inspection is key to finding these bugs before they become a serious problem.
How To Inspect For Bed Bugs
So you suspect you may have bed bugs. Maybe you are waking up with itchy little bites on your body, or you are seeing rust colored spots on the sheets, or maybe you got home from a business trip and found out that the hotel you were staying at was infested. Whatever the case may be, you want to know! Grab your flashlight and lets begin our inspection.
The obvious place to start an inspection for bed bugs is the bed. If you haven’t already, remove your linens and carefully check the sheets, comforters, blankets, pillow cases, and pillows. Once you have gone through these items take them and put them in a garbage bag. Next we move to the mattress. While checking the mattress it is important to look at all seems, indentations, and underneath tags. These are common places to find bed bugs, however if there are holes or tears you need to look at these areas closely as well. Once you have thoroughly checked the mattress you can remove it and set up against the wall.
Next up is the box spring. You will inspect the box spring just like you did the mattress. Paying special attention to the seems, tags, and the plastic pieces that are often on the corners. Once you have checked these areas stand the box spring up and remove the skirting from the bottom, this will reveal the inside, a common place for them to hide. Check all cracks and crevices, as well as the boards and springs inside. After you have finished inspecting the box spring you can remove it and set it by the mattress.
Moving on to the bed frame, you want to check all cracks and crevices! Make sure to look at any grooves, insert points, screw heads, and holes. Take your time and go through this very carefully and thoroughly. Take a good look at the headboard, footboard, lats, and anywhere it sits on the floor. After that pull it away from the wall and begin to check the baseboards, the floor, windows, and furniture in the room.
Remember that are crevice dwellers, they feel secure being tucked in a tight place, so that it was where our focus should be. If you can pull the baseboard out a little ways so you can see behind it. Check where the carpet and baseboard meet. After you’ve done this move to the windows, checking the trim and all of the crevices you can. Then on to the night stands, dressers, and any other furniture in the room.
While inspecting for bed bugs it is important to take your time and be as thorough as possible. Bed bugs multiply quickly and missing one could lead to a far worse infestation. We want to find the bugs as soon as possible in order to cut down on treatment costs, and of course your blood being sucked!
If you find bed bugs in your home do not hesitate to call, text, or email Mid America Pest Control, the sooner we can take care of the problem the sooner you can have peace of mind. If you found this post helpful please share it with your friends, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.