You would not want bed bugs around your home. They may not be bothersome because they are hardly ever seen but they can cause very serious skin problems, even sleepless nights.
Bed bugs are small crawling insects that feed on blood of warm-blooded mammals. Aside from humans, their favorite hosts include dogs, cats, and rats. They are nocturnal insects that do their business at night, while their host is fast asleep. The bite itself, which they do to suck on blood, is not at all disturbing while it is happening. The disturbance comes in the morning. You will see red blots on your skin that itch. If you will not stop scratching, such itch could cause serious skin problems such as infection and inflammation.
Bed bugs are quite small. In their adult stage, they could only measure about ¼ inch. Their eggs are but the same size of poppy seeds. Meanwhile, bed bug larvae size is almost equivalent to the size of a grain of rice. It is that small so it not surprising that most households do not realize a bed bug infestation unless it has already increased greatly.
When to Suspect that Bed Bugs are Around?
As mentioned earlier, bed bug infestation could increase in such a short period of time. That’s why any sign of bed bug existence around your home must not be taken for granted.
The best sign to look for in association with bed bugs is definitely, bed bug bites. This kind of insect bites is quite similar to a mosquito bite. They are small, reddish, slightly inflamed, and itchy. Usually, bed bugs leave a couple of bites in the same area. If you see such a sign, you should start go hunting their dwelling place.
Where to Look for Bed Bugs, Eggs, and Larvae?
Bed bugs like to harbor in dark crevices, cracks, and creases. If you are going out to look for them, you must have a flashlight ready to help you look through the dark crevices in and around your bed, sofa, or whatever cushioned furniture you have around your room. Bed bugs also like to thrive in cracks of electrical outlets as well as in the creases of mattresses and carpets.
You may not see eggs, even with the use of flashlight due to their very small size so look out for larvae and adult bed bugs instead.
While you are in the lookout for the harborages of your unwelcome houseguests, use a vacuum cleaner to start off the extermination process.