According to WebMD, bed bugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bed bugs tend to live in groups in hiding places like mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards.
Having bed bugs in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
Getting rid of a bed bug infestation can be a complicated process of cleaning and typically treating with chemicals- a job best left up to professionals. If you’re concerned about what to look for, Northwest Exterminating offers some helpful information on the pests:
- Bed bugs harbor in cracks and crevices during the day and come out for blood feedings at night.
- Hence their name, they are often found in beds among the mattress, box springs, rails, frame, headboard, and footboard.
- They are excellent hitchhikers. They hide in luggage, purses, bags, and other belongings to travel from place to place.
- Inspect bedding for bed bug skins and blood spots.
- Change linens often.
- Inspect rooms when traveling.
- Do not set luggage on the floor or on bed when traveling.
- Inspect luggage, clothing, and linens when you return from traveling.
- Inspect second hand furniture before bringing it into your home.
- Seek the help of a professional pest control company to address a bed bug infestation.
- Bites are painless but can cause an allergic reaction which triggers small, red bumps on the skin.