Where to Look for Bed Bugs

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close up of a bed bug

A bed bug infestation is costly, unsanitary, and frankly, gross. Bed bugs aren’t the sign of poor housekeeping or hygiene, but spread through proximity to an infected item or area. If you suspect you might have a bed bug problem or full-blown infestation, it’s important to thoroughly examine your home. 

What does a bed bug look like?

Bed bugs are small, flat, wingless and a red/brown color. Full grown, they’re about the size of an apple seed. When they’ve fed, the body will elongate and become more cylindrical. 

What are the warning signs of bed bugs?

If you see black dots along your mattress seams, spots of blood on your bed, casing or excrement, these are warning signs of a bed bug problem. You  may also be suffering from small, red bites on your body that itch or burn. These are different from mosquito or spider bites, and you may find them in a line or clustered in specific areas.

Where should I look for bed bugs?

Bed bugs hide during the day and come out at night. In order to find them, you’ll need to look in their common hiding spots. These include box springs, couches and chairs, mattresses, frames and headboards, walls and ceilings, baseboard areas, nightstands and dressers. 

How did I get bed bugs?

Bed bugs can come to your home in a few different ways: if you’ve stayed somewhere infected like a hotel or friends house, if you live in an apartment complex where one apartment is infested, if you’ve brought something infested into your home like furniture, a mattress, or clothing.

I’ve found bed bugs. Now what?

First, call Bug Out Pest Control. Next, you can begin taking precautions to prevent the infestation from getting worse. Deep clean the infected area. Vacuum, wash all bedding and clothes and dry them in a hot setting, isolate the infected area or piece of furniture. 

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