When you wake up in the morning to find what appears to be a bite on your skin, you might immediately think it was a bed bug. After all, even though these little parasites were nearly eliminated around 70 years ago, they’ve been cropping up in the last 20 years. So, yes, that bite may be evidence of a bed bug presence in your home.
To keep the situation from getting worse, maybe even leading up to a full-blown infestation, it’s important that you determine whether or not you actually have a problem. This, of course, will begin with a thorough bed bug search.
Where to begin your bed bug search
Bed bugs are sneaky critters. They love to hide in all the little out-of-the-way places of your home. They take refuge in the cracks found in your walls and the crevices of your furniture — hence being called bed bugs. This is why your bed bug search needs to be as meticulous as possible.
Obviously, the best sign for an infestation is a bed bug sighting. These insects can be seen by the naked eye, but they’re also very small, which makes them a bit difficult to find. They also don’t like to come out a lot, preferring to stay hidden until they need to come out and feed. You may be able to find small bits of skin where they’ve passed from one life cycle to the next, but these will be small, too. A good way to search is to get a few pair of disposable rubber gloves and rub them in the crevices of your furniture. If they get black spots on them, this is very likely bed bug feces.
If your bed bug search doesn’t yield results, consider a professional
If you’re unable to locate any of the parasites, you might need to turn your bed bug search over to the professionals. After all, due to a resurgence of the parasites, pest control companies have become well-versed in how to quell an infestation, or take care of any problems you already have.
When you call a professional, they will first evaluate your needs. They’ll do their own bed bug search, where they will use whatever tools are at their disposal to find them. Pest control experts can often tell there’s a bed bug problem from the smell in a particular room. They also know how to test furniture, wood, etc. to see the telltale signs of a bed bug problem. They even have bed bug dogs that can be employed to check for bed bugs and pinpoint their locations. Of course, when that is all done, they can also take care of their elimination for you.
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