The first step in eliminating bed bugs is to identify them. Bed bugs can come in the form of eggs, nymphs, or adults. If you find a large number of them, you should seek professional assistance. You can detect signs of an infestation by looking for bites on your bedding, hatched eggs, and cast skins. You can also identify these bugs by looking for evidence of their activity on your clothing or other cloth materials.
If you notice any of these signs, it is very likely that you have bed bugs. Their bites are red with a dark center. They can also leave tiny black spots on your sheets and upholstered furniture. When bedbugs are disturbed, they shed their outer shell, which is made of a glue-like substance. The excrement they produce, called shell casings, is another common sign of bedbug infestation.
Bedbug bites can be painful and can cause a rash. Bedbugs prefer dark places, so you’ll need a bright flashlight to identify them. If you see them, they are usually on the edges of your mattress. If you can see them, you can eliminate them.
In addition to hiding under your mattress, bedbugs may hide in cracks and crevices in your bed. They also live in wallpaper and paint cracks. If these steps fail to eliminate the infestation, you should contact a professional exterminator. They may use a combination of chemicals and heat treatments to kill off the bugs.