Bed bugs live in your bed and don’t usually venture more than 8 feet from their host. They’re also very good at hiding in nooks and crannies, including the seams and cracks around your bed. They can stay undetected for days. It’s important to keep these areas free from clutter or furniture.
The best way to identify bed bugs is to look for their eggs. They’re typically white or near-white. If you spot an egg that’s a different color, it might be the egg of a dead bed bug. Eggs are often visible in well-lit areas, but you may need to use a magnifying glass if you have poor eyesight.
If you suspect that you have bed bugs, you should first determine which type you have. Some species are parasites of their wild hosts, while others are strictly human parasites. To distinguish between them, consult a pest professional or entomologist. Then you can focus on a specific species. For example, bird and bat bugs are different than human bed bugs. When treating them, you should focus on their nests and roosting sites, and exclude them from your home.
While bed bugs prefer the dark, it’s not uncommon for them to feed during the day. In fact, their feeding schedule may be altered to accommodate the sleeping schedule of their host. If their host hasn’t eaten in a while, bed bugs are likely to feed during the daytime hours. They don’t want to miss the chance to eat their largest meal of the day.