What to Look for While Changing Your Sheets (Signs of Bed Bugs)
One of the most common Bed Bug Hotline calls we get are from people who say, “I never noticed anything on my sheets.”
But after weeks, and sometimes months of mysterious bites, they finally begin their search.
Bed bugs are most common in areas where we sleep or rest.
Survival of The Fittest
Food, environments and proper shelter is how most living organisms survive.
Most all species of insects have a certain nature and pattern.
It is through knowing their nature, that helps pest control develop ways of combating them and keeping them out of our homes.
Bees make hives. Ants create tunnels. They have particular habitats and food sources.
Of course, unless you are dealing with cockroaches who are omnivorous scavengers and can survive a multitude of environments.
Long term survival depends upon attaining basic nutritional essentials and shelter from outside dangers.
For bed bugs, to assure survival they usually take up shelter close to where they get their blood meal.
Bed bugs are drawn to the CO2 we breath when we exhale and warmth of our bodies.
During our sleeping or resting times, CO2 builds up in concentrated form and acts like a “dinner bell” to bed bugs.
The female finds her way to the food source and will deposit her eggs in the seams of the mattress or frame.
This way after they hatch they don’t have far to go to obtain a meal.
Instars or first hatched bed bugs are very small, have thin skin and need blood meals in order to grow to their next stage of development.
Knowing if You Have Bed Bugs in Your Environment Takes A Conscious Effort
Often, you’ll see online pictures of horrible infestations.
These pictures make people fearful and scared and they do some pretty crazy things.
Like throw away beds and furniture because they found one bug.
All they envision is thousands of bed bugs that causes them to freak out and toss everything.
These types of infestations have been around for great lengths of time.
How to Avoid an Infestation in Homes
Bed bugs take time to build into “infestation” levels.
Of course, unless you’ve brought home a completely “infested” item from a secondhand store or from a garage sale.
But normally, only one or two are introduced.
Some people begin experiencing bites.
If your one of those who are not allergic to bug bites, you’ll need to be even more conscientious.
- Be aware of where you go and where you sit or sleep.
- Vigilance is important when you have overnight guests.
- Check items you bring into your home like, luggage from a trip, backpacks, computer bags if you’ve sat at a local library or coffee shop.
- Check your clothing if you’ve visited a movie theater, restaurant booth or sat in an emergency waiting room or doctors’ clinic.
Bed bugs are found in places where people congregate.
Change your sheets weekly. Examine them first for any blood smears.
When changing them, roll them into the middle of your bed, folding the edges inwards before taking them to your laundry.
Carefully examine the edges of your mattress and boxsprings, looking for any sign of bed bugs. (bed bugs in all sizes, fecal stains, shed skins, blood smears).
I always suggest having mattress and boxsprings encasements.
Not only to keep bed bugs out of your mattress, (should you get them they can’t get in), but to keep your investment clean from sweat, spills and especially, dust mites.
They just protect your investment and keep it clean.
If you have a headboard, vacuum it thoroughly and check for any signs of bed bugs.
And check the frame.
So, if you’re experiencing bites, these are the common places where they hide.
Sleeping on the Couch and Guest Room Beds
Lots of people sleep on their couch.
They may fall asleep watching a movie or just prefer a cozy couch.
The one thing you must not do is move to your couch if you think you might have bed bugs in your bed.
They will follow you!
A big reason why bed bugs spread to other parts of their home.
If you have an overnight guest using your guest room, always check for signs of bed bugs after your guest leaves.
A guest can pick up a bed bug while traveling and leave it behind at your home.
Most of the time they don’t know they have one and it really isn’t their fault.
What to Do If You Suspect Bed Bugs
Finding bed bugs and eliminating them when they are first discovered prevents “infestations” from building.
The number one process I tell people about should they discover a bed bug or two, is the use of a steamer.
Insects of all sorts have a “thermal death point” which the steamer provides and no bug can survive the steam.
I’ve been using a steamer for over 6 years to clean my house and remove any bug that should find its way into my house.
Eliminating toxins chemicals that accompany cleaning products has made my home a whole lot cleaner.
I like the fact that the steamer also kills bacteria and other toxins and sanitizes my environment at the same time.
I never worry about my grandchildren playing in a bathtub that was washed down with some chemical.
Or playing on the floor washed with some chemical cleaner.
Step by Step
If you suspect bed bugs or if you just want to know the process of finding their hiding places and removing them safely, read
Many people can’t afford the services of a professional which can be quite expensive.
After thousands of Bed Bug Hotline calls requesting information on how to get rid of bed bugs, we wrote this book.
And of course, we had to make it affordable at $4.99 on Kindle
The book takes you through a step-by-step process from knowing the nature of the bed bug, to discovering their favorite hiding places to safe and proper elimination.
It especially explains what process DO NOT work and what not to do.
Also, if you have any questions, you can always reach out to us for answers at 888-966-2332
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