Bedbugs can live anywhere in the home and are often found around the bed and headboard, near seams and piping, between cushions, and under loose wall paper. They also prefer hidden areas to lay their eggs and hatch. In order to prevent the spread of these pests, it is important to inspect all furniture, including used furniture, before bringing it home.
Adult bedbugs are oval, wingless insects that are about 1/5 inch long. They have flat bodies, well-developed antennae, and small, compound eyes. Their pronotum (area behind the head) bears many small hairs. They are a light yellowish-white color.
In addition to beds, bedbugs can live on other upholstered furniture, baseboards, wallpaper, and wall hangings. Their natural habitats include fabric and wood surfaces, but they can also live on human blood and in a pristine home. It is important to check for these pests as early detection is the best way to avoid them. If you see any signs of bedbugs, it is time to contact a pest control service.
You can also eliminate them in the home by washing bedding and clothes in hot water. To keep them from moving into the home, it is important to store items in a secure area away from the sleeping area. If necessary, you can store them in plastic bags. Avoid touching them, and don’t hold them against your body when moving them from one room to another.