Do You Recognize These Warning Signs of Bedbug Infestation?
Bedbugs’ name explains where you can usually meet them. They live in a bed or near the bed. During the early stages of a bedbug infestation, they tend to congregate mostly in beds and other sleeping areas. As infestations grow larger, they move to other locations making control more difficult. They sneak into the tiniest cracks, the most minuscule openings. They know where you are, because they can sense the carbon dioxide you exhale. You have something they want. They come to suck your blood. I guess, you like to sleep tight and don’t want bedbugs in your bed. To secure yourself, you should recognize the warning signs of bedbug infestations.
How can you tell if the residence is infested?
The bedroom and other sleeping areas should be carefully examined for bedbugs and signs of bed bug activity. Bed bugs usually congregate in certain areas, but it is common to find a single bug or some eggs scattered here and there. To gain success, you will need a powerful and a bright flashlight. A thorough inspection may take up to an hour, so be patient and persistent. An effective technique for finding bedbugs is to turn the light on at about an hour before dawn, which is usually the time when bedbugs are most active.
Where do I have to look for?
Folds and creases in the bed linens, and seams and tufts of mattresses and box springs are the bedbugs’ secret sites. Box springs afford many places for bed bugs to hide, especially underneath where the fabric is stapled to the wooden frame. Bedbugs like wood, and usually dislike metal and plastic.
A thorough inspection will require dismantling the bed. Check the upper and lower surfaces of the components. Headboards secured to walls should also be removed and inspected. In hotels and motels, the area behind the headboard is often the first place that the bugs become established. Bed bugs also hide among items stored under beds.
If you have a carpet in your room, check beneath the carpet edge. Bedbugs are apparent within pleats of curtains, beneath loose areas of wallpaper near the bed, in corners of desks and dressers, within spaces of wicker furniture, behind cove molding, and in laundry or other items on the floor or around the room.
What do I have to look for?
- Molted skins. Look for the light-brown, shed skins of the nymphs.
- Fecal spots. Bedbugs leave excrement on the things they have resided. Dried excrement looks like dark brown or reddish fecal spots. These marks are easily seen on light-colored surfaces.
- Blood stains. Sometimes an engorged bedbug is accidentally killed. This results in a visible blood stain.
- Peculiar odor. Sometimes a unique sickly sweet coriander-like scent can be detected in the air in a severe infestation situation.
- Bedbugs themselves. While fecal spots and skin casts suggest that bed bugs have been present, these do not confirm that the infestation is still active. Infestation can be confirmed only if you observe alive (crawling) bedbugs themselves.
Now you know the warning signs of the bedbug infestations. Be careful at night and don’t let the bedbugs bite!