In order to find the bugs, it’s important to thoroughly check your home. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to do this, because clutter is a great place for the bugs to hide. Make sure to thoroughly vacuum rugs and floors and dispose of any clutter outside. If you must wash your clothes, do so on a high heat setting, as bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures below 140 degrees.
The next place to look is in upholstered furniture. Look for cracks, folds, and seams. You’ll also want to check underneath your bed, in the box spring and underneath the headboard. Be sure to inspect any wood or fabric support boards, as these are also common places for the bugs to hide.
Another place to look for the bugs is in your workplace. While small infestations in offices may not require a closure of your building, you should still consider how the bugs got inside. In most cases, office bed bug outbreaks are confined to a few workstations, so it can be difficult to determine who brought the pests from home. However, you can offer counseling to employees who may have bed bugs in their home. Some employers will even coordinate a home inspection with a pest control company.
The main hosts of bedbugs are humans, but some species of bedbugs can live in animals. Some of these species feed on birds and bats. If you’re unsure about the specific species of bedbugs in your home, you can consult a pest professional or entomologist to make a proper diagnosis.