Knowing how to identify bedbugs is the first step in treating an infestation. The bugs can be found hiding in the seams of mattress and box springs, cracks between bed frames, sofa cushions, and even the joints of furniture. These bugs have a dark brown color, so identifying them is an important first step. You can also identify these bugs by looking for dark brown eggs.
Bedbugs feed by injecting a small amount of saliva into the host’s skin. This saliva may trigger an allergic reaction in some people. In addition, bedbugs tend to bite in a row. If the host interrupts feeding, bedbugs will go back about half an inch into the host’s skin and feed again.
Using a bed bug trap will allow you to spot an infestation at an early stage. Most commonly, these traps are placed under the legs of beds or near seating areas. Periodic checking of the traps will help you determine whether the infestation is ongoing or not. If it is, you may want to contact a pest control company for help.
If you suspect bedbugs, you should inspect your entire room. This includes your beds, dressers, and couches. Make sure you check the inside and outside of your home. You can also tip dressers over and inspect the woodwork underneath. Cracks and crevices are ideal hiding places for bedbugs. Other common hiding places include the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting, cracks in wood molding, ceiling-wall junctures, loose wallpaper, and clutter in closets.