Bed bugs can be found in a number of places, including in bed frames, furniture, and cracks in the floor. In particular, they are attracted to dark, stable environments such as the inside of a mattress or box spring, which can act as a perfect home for these pests. Besides beds, they can also infest other items, including baby items, electronics, and computers.
Bedbugs are nocturnal creatures that feed on human blood. They will travel anywhere from 5 to 20 feet from their harborage to feed on the blood of an unsuspecting human. This feeding process can last for anywhere from three to ten minutes, depending on the stage of development of the bug.
The first step in treating your home for bedbugs is to remove all the bedding. This way, you can inspect for any evidence of these pesky pests. You should also remove the dust cover from your box springs and examine the seams of wood framing. You can also check the corners of furniture, books, and carpet edges, as well as electrical outlets. Afterward, you can call a professional exterminator who can come to your home and perform a thorough inspection of your home.
A bed bug exterminator can also help you identify the pests by their appearance. Using a blacklight or ultraviolet flashlight, bedbugs can be easily seen. Once you have identified the bugs, you can collect their eggs and specimens. Keep the specimens in an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You can also inspect tight spaces using a credit card, putty knife, and a spatula.