Bed bugs have a unique way of identifying themselves. They emit alarm pheromones, odors that humans can identify by smell. These odors are often similar to almonds, coriander, and raspberries. They also leave fecal stains in the bedding and furniture. However, they can be difficult to notice unless you see other signs of infestation.
When inspecting a bed for bedbugs, you should look at the box springs and mattress encasements. These areas are a common hiding place for these insects, and they often live along the upper seams of the box spring. You should remove the box spring dust cover to check for any signs of infestation. Additionally, wooden support boards should be carefully examined. Wooden headboards are another common bedbug hiding place.
Another area where bedbugs are commonly found is upholstered furniture. This is because bed bugs prefer to live in places that are not readily visible to the naked eye. Often, these areas are not covered, but can be easily damaged and exposed to dirt. Sofas and recliners are also prime candidates for infestation.
Before you begin applying any treatment for bedbugs, be sure to read the label. Most bed bug sprays are only effective if they are applied directly to the bed or furniture. Using an insecticide that contains a chemical scent can help reduce the number of bedbugs. It is important to apply the spray correctly to ensure the bugs do not spread further.