Bed bugs have a flat body, six legs, and two antennae. They can reach a length of 5 mm, but are most often around 2 mm. They live for five weeks and go through five molts. During their life cycle, they can lay up to 500 eggs. They are usually found in clean areas, such as mattresses and bedding, but they can also be found in the folds of curtains and electrical outlets.
When you suspect a bed bug infestation, the first step is to inspect your bed. A flashlight and a flat object are your best tools for this process. Use a flashlight to inspect cracks and joints. You can also turn drawers over and look inside the bottoms. Other areas to look for bedbugs include underneath drapes, loose wallpaper, picture frames, and alarm clocks.
If you suspect that bed bugs are present in your bed, you can check for fecal spotting. These yellowish stains can appear anywhere and are not easily washed away. Bed bugs lay one to seven eggs a day and these hatch after seven to 10 days. Eggshells are also a good indicator of bedbug infestations.
Once you have determined whether bed bugs are present, you can start the treatment process. The most effective method of controlling bedbugs is prevention. You can buy special mattress encasements to cover your bed, mattress box springs, and other items. If you are using an encasement, you should ensure that it covers all the boxes and springs of your bed and has a zipper protector. If you do not have these products, you can buy them online.