Detecting a bed bug infestation early is very important. It will give you time to do some research online about bed bugs, choose the right pest control and pest control methods, and act quickly so that termination is swift and bed bug numbers are low. Bed bugs are capable of hiding in numerous places. Virtually every place in your home is not safe from their harborage. Whereas bees and hornets make shelter in a nest, bed bugs find shelter in your belongings.
Bed bugs hiding within the frame of a chair.
Check your bedding for bed bug activity. Check your entire mattress thoroughly for bed bugs, your frame if you have one, mattress covers and sheets, blankets, pillows and your headboard. Once bed bugs have found a host, they will generally seek shelter within 10 to 15 feet of the host’s resting location.
Bed bugs do not have a schedule for hiding. They come out for feeding whenever they detect a human presence (via your body temperature and breathing) or when they are hungry. Bed bugs can be observed during all hours of the day. A popular time for them to feed however, is when you are most vulnerable: in your sleep. This never worked for us, but we have heard that setting your alarm several hours before dawn and having a flash light handy. Immediately when you wake up, shine the flash light all over your bed covers, blankets, pillows, etc. – and look for movement.
Bed bugs on the edge of a rug. Note bed bug fecal stains: the dark black masses.
Finding bed bug hiding locations is not as easy as it sounds. They often hide in areas unreachable to humans – a common place bed bug exterminators (PCOs, Pest Control Operators) target is actually inside electrical socket plates. Bed bugs can climb walls, so hiding behind picture frames, bookshelves, cabinets and etc., are a very possible option for them. Also look in other furniture such as couches, carpets, upholstery, chairs, etc. Finding bed bugs hiding in your home is a practice in patience and diligence.
A group of dead bed bugs.
Go into your search routine knowing that no place is safe. This will help you be thorough in your search and help you in locating bed bugs for your pest control operator. Finding bed bugs is only a part of the solution – by helping verify your infestation and to gauge the severity. Killing bed bugs individually, even on a mass scale, is not a thorough way for exterminating a bed bug infestation.
1. Harry Case says:
There are no natural cures for bed bugs. The closest thing we have is diatomaceous earth, but even that has its limitations. It must be applied where the bugs are likely to hide or travel, which includes carpeting around the bed and if the dust is disturbed it can cause respiratory irritation. Additionally, bed bugs, sensing the material, will move away from it or go around it, however they can, to get to you.
We humans, in our natural state, are infested with all sorts of parasites, some of which act as disease vectors. Bed bugs have not been proven to transmit disease, although they do sometimes harbor disease organisms in their mouth parts and bodies and it may only be a matter of time before they begin transmitting diseases. As we, in our chemophobic society, move away from chemical controls and back to natural means, we will move, inevitably, toward our natural state of being parasite infested and disease ridden. Sleep tight!
BedBug Hiding Places:
Before you can go about killing bed bugs and getting rid of them for good – you must first find them. This can be a very difficult task due to the fact that there are so many spots for them to hide it can make it a very tedious task to get rid of bed bugs. This is why professionals make so much money because they know all of the hiding spots of bed bugs and what to look for as far as evidence of an infestation goes.
The most common hiding place for bed bugs is of course your bed – as many would think though. They love to hide in places of the mattress that are inconspicuous. They also do not mind just hanging out in the box sping of the mattress either, so make sure that you flip the mattress often when you are checking for bed bugs in your mattress.
There are certain types of covers that can limit the bed bug from getting into those crevices where bed bugs love to hide out in. Although I do not believe that they are 100% effective, the effectiveness of them is up in the 90% area in my personal opinioin.
Some other spots they like to hide out in are the corners of walls, if you have a pop corn ceiling then this is also one of there favorite spots to hang out at during the day. Under window sills is another place that they can camp out at, also if you have blinds or curtains in your bedroom you should check those to thoroughly for any signs of bed bugs hiding out there.
Behind outlet covers is another tight spot that not many people would think that a bed bug may be hiding or laying their eggs. So make sure that you do not overlook this when you are trying to pin point and destroy these insects. Some other common spots that you should check are night stands and lamps. Also if you have clothes laying around there is no reason at all that they will not use that as a hiding spot.
If you really think about it the bed bugs are not very fast movers and in most cases they are hiding within about 20 feet of where you sleep as they know that they can quickly step down while you are sleeping to get a bite to eat. As they can travel much further than that in most cases they will not so this will make it easier for you to track them down, kill them and there eggs and saving you loads of money when it comes to this type of extermination.
If you have carpet in your bedroom you will want to make sure that you have it steam cleaned on a regular basis as they will hide there too. Do not over look anything when it comes to trying to discover their hiding spots – so the next time you are looking for bed bugs, you must remember that they can virtually hide anywhere they want to.