Good night, sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite is a charming little rhyme that you might tell your kids before they fall asleep at night. At the first sign of an infestation though, that rhyme won't seem nearly as cheerful. Bed bugs can enter your home via the luggage that you take on vacation, on clothing that you buy from a second hand store, or even on furniture. Though you naturally assume that you'll find bed bugs living in your mattress and box spring, these little bugs may seek out other hiding spots around your home too.
Where to Look for Bed Bugs
Bed bugs like dark spaces, so anywhere they can hide there is a potential for a bed bug to be located. And these pests can be in your home or in your business. These bugs are small, which allows them to easily slip between small gaps. In addition to your bed, you will want to check any nightstands or tables close to your bed. You will also want to check in your closets, baseboards, your couches, and your chairs especially if you purchased them from a used furniture store or if it was previously stored in a warehouse. Bed bugs can also hide inside of outlets and light switches.
What to Look for
The most common sign of a bed bug infestation is a series of small marks that range in color from dark brown to bright red. Brighter red marks may indicate that the bugs recently fed and transferred blood across the room, while the darker brown spots are the feces that the bugs leave behind. You'll also want to look for eggs and casings. If you see a small amount of dark brown casings in a single spot, it's a clear sign of an infestation.
If you own a home or a business, you are at risk for bed bugs. But luckily they can be controlled. To learn more about bed bugs in your home, download Clegg’s Free Residential Bed Bug Guide here. You can learn about how common bed bug problems are, what attracts them, how to know if your home is at risk, as well as treatment options. Or if you have a business, you can download Clegg’s Free Commercial Bed Bug Guide here.
If you’d like to control bed bugs before they become a problem, contact Clegg’s Pest Control. Or you can call on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.