The first step in getting rid of bedbugs is identifying their presence. They live in the folds and crevices of your mattress and box spring. During their lifetime, female bedbugs can lay up to 500 eggs. Bedbugs feed on human blood by inserting their sharp proboscis into your skin. Within ten minutes, they become engorged with blood. This engorgement can continue for a few days.
They also hide in cracks around your bed and headboard. They can also hide in loose wall paper, fabric, and even piping. They can be as small as the size of a credit card and can infest your mattress and bedding. However, if you see any of these areas, you should immediately hire a professional to come to your home to inspect them.
Bedbugs can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms including itching and red bites. While bedbugs can bite many types of warm-blooded animals, they prefer humans. Although bedbug bites aren’t painful at the time of the attack, most people will develop an allergic reaction to the saliva that these insects secrete. This reaction will result in red, swollen bites. Unlike fleabites, bedbugs are not contagious, so they don’t need to be treated by a doctor. However, you can get relief from itching by applying topical steroid creams.
Bedbugs are most likely to appear during the night. They are most active during the night, and they feed at night. They will feed on you for up to five minutes before retiring to their hiding places for the night. Adult bedbugs feed every five to 10 days, and they can go months without eating.