Bedbugs are no fun, as anyone who has experienced them will tell you. Repeatedly! There are worse bugs in this world to encounter – bedbugs aren’t fatal, after all. Whether there is a more unsettling bug is left up to debate. After all, bedbugs make their home in your mattress and box spring, the place where you spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping.
The first sign that you may have a bedbug infestation is a red bite, which resembles the more familiar mosquito bite. They occur in a pattern of 3 or 4 bites, which experts call the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” pattern.
If you detect bedbug bites on your person, it’s time to find all the places in your room where the bedbugs are hiding. Once you know where they’re hiding, you can start the process of “smoking them out” and ridding yourself of this troublesome pest.
1. Check the mattress and box spring of your bed.
This is the easiest place to find the critters. They don’t like to stray too far from their food source – you – so they will take up residence in all the crevices of the mattress and box spring. Check all the seams, tufts, and crevices of the mattress carefully to identify where you need to clean.
2. Check your bed frame and headboard.
You’re most likely going to find bedbugs in your mattress, and surprisingly, some bugs like to make their home in the frame of your bed as well. If your frame and headboard has any cracks or crevices, you need to take a close look for bedbugs.
3. Check your nightstands and dressers.
Just as they will infest your headboard and bed frame, bedbugs will take up residence in your dressers and nightstands. They are the closest furniture to your sleeping body, so they make a great hideout while they’re waiting for their next meal.
4. Look under the edge of any wall-to-wall carpeting and in the bedroom closet. This is a tricky little spot for the critters to hide, and this can be a hassle to check. Still, for a complete eradication, check this area.
5. Check behind wall-mounts, switch plates and outlets, and in and behind picture frames. Don’t forget to check in and behind anything mounted on your wall.
6. Check inside clocks, phones, smoke detectors, and televisions. Just because it is electronic doesn’t mean that bedbugs wouldn’t love to live there.
7. Check beneath any loose or cracked wallpaper. This is yet another place you might think bedbugs would avoid, but you would be wrong! These guys will live anywhere they can get away with.
If you’re not confident that you’ve found every place that a bedbug is hiding in your home, it might be time to call in the professionals. Bedbug infestations are growing more common, and pest control experts can help you banish the bedbugs.