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How to check for bed bugs


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  • 1. How to Check for Bed BugsFor anyone unfortunate enough to have bed bugs in their home, itsessential that they know how to check for bed bugs in the correctmanner. Not only to find all the most obvious places that bed bugshide, but also to check all the less obvious places too.For most people, the first indication that you have bed bugs isusually because of bed bug bites. And because these bites alwaysoccur whilst in bed, the bed is the very first place to check.Bed bugs do not differentiate between clean and unclean homes, asthe presence of dirt or discarded food makes no difference to them.They have no chewing mouthparts. Remember their only source offood is blood.Nevertheless, a cluttered home affords them many more places tohide. If bedrooms are cluttered with clothes and other stuff lyingabout, especially under the bed, then bed bugs are going to find anabundance of hiding places.So the first thing that needs to be done is to remove the clutter andmake some space. Its important to set up what l like to call adecontamination area. This is an open space in the bedroom (orother indfected area) with a large plastic sheet (preferably white) onthe floor. This is where you can examine individual items, and if anybed bugs drop out they can be easily seen on the plastic sheet. How to Check for Bed Bugs
  • 2. Page 2/3At the start, because you will not be familiar the extent of theinfestation, youll need to take away all infested and infestation-prone bedding and garments, and put them on the plastic sheet forexamination. All of these items will need to be bagged andlaundered (120°F minimum) since most of these type of itemscannot be treated with sprays or other methods of de-infestation.Another quite effective and efficient option is to place clothing, toys,shoes, backpacks, etc. in a clothes dryer set at medium to high heatfor 10 to 20 minutes. This should kill all bed bug life stages and canbe done separately, or with your normal laundering.Things that cannot be put in a washer or dryer can oftentimes bede-infested by wrapping in plastic and placing them outdoors in ahot, sunny location, a closed vehicle, etc. for at least 24 hours. Ifthis method is tried, packing less items in each bag makes it harderfor the bugs to find cooler places inside the bags to hide. Use athermometer if you can, and ensure that the internal temperaturereaches at least 120°F.When all bedding and clothing and all the other items are removed,including from wardrobes and other storage areas, its time toinspect all bedroom furnishings including the bed, seats, wardrobes,nightstands, and all wall the fixtures including the electrical sockets,wall lighting, any hanging pictures and paintings, and even thewallpaper, if there are loose sections.Bed bugs can live in almost any crevice, crack or protected place.The most usual location to find them is the bed. Bed bugs will oftenhide within seams, tufts and crevices of the mattress, the boxspring, the bed frame and also the headboard. The headboard, ifsecured to walls, should also be removed and thoroughly inspected.A thorough inspection requires taking the bed apart, and standingthe individual pieces on their side, so that the upper and lowersurfaces can be examined. The most important things to look for How to Check for Bed Bugs
  • 3. Page 3/3are the bugs themselves, and also the light-brown molted skins ofthe nymphs (young bed bugs). Dark spots of dried bed bugexcrement (digested blood) are often noticed along mattress seamsor wherever the bugs have stayed.Usually when bed bug infestations grow bigger, the bugs tend tomove beyond beds into other locations. Upholstered chairs andsofas should be examined above and beneath, especially seams,tufts, skirts and crevices.Night-stands and dressers should be emptied and examined insideand out, then turned upside down to inspect the joinery underneath.Oftentimes the bugs will be hiding in cracks, corners, and recesses.Other places to find bed bugs include: along and under the edge ofwall-to-wall carpeting (especially behind beds and furniture), cracksin wood molding, ceiling-wall junctures, behind wall-mounted pictureframes, mirrors, switch plates and outlets; under loose wallpaper,amongst clothing and clutter stored in closets, and even insideclocks, phones, televisions and smoke detectors. Visit: to get a FREE copy of this Comprehensive Guide How to Check for Bed Bugs