Top 10 Places to Find Bed Bugs
April 27, 2016
Do you have bugs? It is a horrible feeling to discover bed bugs in your home. This feeling can drive you to take drastic measures, but, before you do, you need to know that bed bugs are extremely hard to get rid of. This has led many home and business owners down a road of frustration that has led to tragedy.
One of the reasons bed bugs are so hard to eradicate is that they don't just live in beds, like their name would suggest. In fact, the scientific name for bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, offers a broader explanation of these bugs. Cimex, in Latin, means bug, and the Latin word lectularius means bed or couch. So, as you can see, this is not just a bed bug. It can be found in other places. Here are a few of the places you'll find these bugs.
Mattresses. Obviously, when you're looking for bed bugs, you're going to want to check your mattress first. This is, after all, the number one place bed bugs like to hide because of its proximity to their food source. Check your mattress seams and corners for black fecal residue, shed insect skins, and also dark spots from dribbled blood. You may also see staining on your sheets and pillow cases.
Couches. It is commonly believed that bed bugs wait until we fall asleep to come out of hiding and feed on us. While there is some truth to this, it isn't always the case. Bed bugs can sense a change in CO2 levels, and this will encourage more bugs to come out to feed, but bed bugs can wander out at any time and feed on us when we are fully awake. While you're watching a movie and munching on some popcorn, they have no problem munching on you. So, you're going to want to check your couch, especially around stitching and seams, for black fecal residue, insect casings, and blood stains.
Upholstered Furniture. These bugs are not limited to just couches. They will infest any piece of upholstered furniture.
Backboards. If you have a backboard or a frame on your bed, these bugs may be hiding in these. Use a flashlight to do a close examination for black streaks, shed casings, staining, or these little bugs crawling around.
Baseboards. Bed bugs will often nest behind baseboards. Black streaks and tiny droppings on the floor will help you figure out if this is where your bugs are hiding.
Outlets. It may sound crazy but bed bugs like outlets. If you have bugs in your outlets it is easy to see the black streaks they leave when they come and go.
Electronics. Just like outlets, bed bugs can live in electronics like alarm clocks and desktop computers.
Wall Voids. These bugs can be in your walls. That means you can treat every item in your house and still fail to eradicate these bugs.
Clothing. DIY bed bug treatments often fail because a new infestation can spring up from an unattended batch of eggs on clothing.
Carpet Edges. When exterminating bed bugs it is sometimes necessary to use steam or chemicals to get bugs on carpet edges.
As you can see, bed bugs can hide in a variety of places. That is why it is necessary to have an experienced professional take care of those pests for you.
When you find bed bugs, it is time to call EnviroPest. We look right at those bugs and say, "We know where you live!" metaphorically speaking, of course.
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