Bed Bug Hiding Places
A thorough inspection by a pest control expert for evidence of bed bugs is a must for effective pest control management. Likely bed bug habitats include mattress seams, bed frames, headboards, baseboards and carpet edges. Cracks and crevices, upholstered furniture, and any area used for sleeping are also potential hiding places for bed bugs.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are oval shaped and cannot fly. With blood as their sole food source, bites may be painless but often cause uncomfortable skin irritations, excessive itching, and complications with allergies. You’re more likely to see signs of bed bugs than the insects themselves.
How Do Bed Bugs Enter a Location?
Usually, bed bugs hitch a ride into the home or workplace through luggage and other items that have become infested at hotels, summer camps, and other hospitality locations during travel. Bed bugs can also be brought into your property via used bedding, furniture and clothing.
Common Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation Include:
- Blood or rust colored stains on bed sheets and pillow cases
- Powdery fecal matter found in crevices throughout your home or commercial property
- Persistent musty odor
How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Travelling
- Do not put your clothing or suitcase directly on the hotel bed
- Keep luggage off the ground
- Use metal luggage racks
- Look for bed bugs all the way around and under the mattress
- Check bed linens and headboards for bloodstains or fecal matter
Bed Bug Pest Control Tips:
- Consistent vacuuming and steam cleaning of carpets.
- Place clothing and bedding in the dryer on the highest heat setting for at least 15 minutes
- Purchase a bed bug proof cover for your mattress.