A recent study from Rutgers University found that 12 percent of low-income apartments in New Jersey had bedbug infestations. The insects were more likely to be found on beds and furniture. In addition, women reported more symptoms than men did. However, the study did not say whether or not women had more severe reactions to bedbug bites.
The first step in avoiding a bedbug infestation is to check for signs of intruders. In many cases, individuals do not even realize they have bedbugs until weeks or months later. By that time, the infestation may have spread to other areas of the home. It’s important to be vigilant and check for evidence of infestations so you can quickly start treatment.
Another step to take is to reduce the amount of clutter in your home. This will reduce the number of hiding places for the bugs. In addition to removing clutter, you should also bag your clothing and personal effects. Using a vacuum and a hot/dry cycle in the dryer will also kill bed bugs.
Another way to tell if you have bedbugs is to look for bite marks. You will also smell a sweet, musty smell that comes from the bedbugs’ scent glands. These bugs like to cluster together in your bed frame, mattress, box spring, and bedding.