Expert Bill Carlson Explains How To Check for Bed Bugs
Bed bug infestations are popping up
everywhere. They are increasingly being encountered in homes,
apartments, hotels, motels, health care facilities, dormitories,
shelters, schools, and modes of transport. Other places where
bed bugs sometimes appear include movie theaters, laundries/dry
cleaners, furniture rental outlets and office buildings. The
first step in the bed bug battle is a precise inspection of the
suspected infestation area. Bed bugs are tiny apple seed like
bugs that are brown in color. There flat bodies allow the to
hide in the smallest crack and crevice.
Most people do not know they have an
infestation until they see bite marks, which look similar to a
mosquito bite. They can be a red, itchy welt or a small flesh
colored bump on the skin. Bed bugs can sense the carbon dioxide
expelled by a human. Bed bugs are most active at night and often
hide neat a sleeping area waiting to feed. This is why the
entire area of sleeping quarters should be thoroughly inspected.
Search behind headboards, mattress seams, under the box spring
fabric and in the tiniest crevices of the mattress railing. Also
pull out nightstand or dresser drawers. Bed bugs love to hide in
a dark secluded area such as the underside of a drawer.
Bed bugs can also be found in
bookshelves, behind photo or picture frames. Remove outlet
covers and treat these areas as well. Nothing should be left
unturned. You are Sherlock Holmes and the bed bugs are your
fugitive on the run. Bed bugs can spread to adjacent rooms.
Inspect all areas near the infested (suspected) areas. Once you
discover what areas are infested you can follow step-by-step
instructions to remove these creepy crawly pests.
Signs that you may have a bed bug
Black or Dark brown spots-
these spots can appear similar to mold and be found on
your mattress or bedding as well as behind picture frames or
Skin casings- bed bugs
molt or shed their skin five times prior to reaching
adulthood. These casings can be found in mattress seams.
Bite marks-bed bug bites
appear similar to mosquito bites. Bed bug bites can be a
red, swollen welt that appears in a pattern or set of three
any where on exposed skin.
Odor- in severe
infestations there is often a sickly sweet “buggy” smell. In
smaller infestations this smell is not always present.
You can get more information
about bed bugs at www.bed-bug.net.