If you live in a home or apartment that has upholstered furniture, you need to be cautious. It is important to check all the seams, folds, and skirts on upholstered furniture to check for signs of infestation. Sofas and recliners are popular breeding grounds for bedbugs. If you find a bedbug in an upholstered item, you need to take immediate steps to eliminate it.
Bedbugs feed on human blood and are most active at night. The optimal feeding period is between three to eight hours. During this time, they pierce the skin with a long proboscis, which lets in blood. The larval feeding process takes about three minutes, while an adult feeding session takes about eight to ten minutes. The bedbug then crawls away to a secluded place to digest its meal.
Bedbugs prefer dark, damp places, so you should check the furniture in close proximity to your bed to see if it contains any hiding spaces for these pests. They can also hide in upholstered surfaces, baseboards, and carpeting. In order to avoid the risk of getting bitten, you need to hire a professional to remove them.
Infestation can start with as few as one bedbug. However, if a few are present, an infestation can develop very quickly. The female bedbug can lay as many as 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime, so a few bugs can turn into an entire infestation in a short time.