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Where to find bedbugs:
Bedbugs are most commonly found in bedrooms but infestations can also occur in other rooms such as bathrooms, living rooms, and laundry rooms. Top bedbug hiding spots are
Other common hiding bedbug spots:
-Bedside table clutter – books, picture frames, clocks, etc
-Around window and door frames
-Behind electrical outlet covers and phone jack plates
-Between flooring and baseboards
-Inside hollow items such as table lamps
-Between the folds of drapery, curtains or bed skirts
-In items stored under the bed
-Between couch cushions
What to look for:
Finding bedbugs can be difficult because they can be very small and flat and can hide in tiny spaces and climb through thin cracks the width of a credit card.
Look for blood spots and smears on bedding, pajamas, or mattresses and other areas close to the bed – these may indicate that bedbugs have been feeding.
Adult bedbugs are oval in shape and smaller than an apple seed – usually 4 – 9mm. Their color varies depending on where they are in their life cycle. Newly hatched bedbugs are 1.5mm and nearly colorless – although they turn red after feeding. Adult bedbugs are generally brown but turn reddish-brown after feeding. As young bedbugs grow and mature, they shed their exoskeleton several times. Look for shed exoskeletons while searching for signs of bedbugs.
In some cases, the accumulation of bedbug cast skins, and fecal spots, and bedbug eggs are visible under close inspection.
What to do if you find bedbugs:
Discard you mattress or seal your mattress and pillows with a plastic or hypoallergenic zipped covers. A young bedbug can live for several months without feeding and an adult bedbugs can survive for up to a year. Sealing mattresses this traps the bedbugs inside and prevents them from feeding which will kill them the bedbugs over time.
Do not apply any pesticide to mattresses or other surfaces that will come in contact with the human skin unless the pesticide specifically states that the product can be used in this manner. Food grade diatomaceous earth is an all natural pesticide and one of the best kept secrets in the war against bed bugs. Try sprinkling food grade diatomaceous earth inside your mattress cover before sealing it up.
Wash all your sheets, mattress pads, pillows, and other washable materials that could have come into contact with bedbugs in the hottest water possible to use without damaging your items. Place them in a hot dryer – again on the hottest setting possible.
You can vacuum to capture bed bugs and their eggs, but be sure to immediately place the vacuum bag into a plastic bad, seal it tight and dispose of it immediately.
External Link – University of Kentucky Bedbug FAQ