These tiny little bugs are notorious. They are so intelligent to hide in your bed & they are easily not spottable in daylight generally. But there exist some dumb wit bed bugs who confuse night to morning and hop on to find your blood!
Bed Bug Appearance, Identification, And Life Cycle
Generally, adult bugs have a flat appearance before the sucking of blood. After feeding, their bodies swell and appear round and their body color changes from brown to reddish.
A female bug can nurture about 100 eggs at a time and lay eggs three times per year. Younger bedbugs are known as Nymphs, and they shed their skin until they reach their adult stage. This shedding can be numbered up to 5 to 6 times until they reach adulthood. The Nymphs reach adulthood in one month.
Where To Check For Bed Bugs
Often you might wonder “there are no signs of bed bugs, but I have bites,” it is highly possible. You will know more in this section- how to spot them on your mattress, couch, and sheets.
Bed bugs do not create any home for themselves, but they breed in groups. They prefer areas that are very tiny and hard to reach for human hands and eyes. The place they choose will be away from sunlight.
When they start breeding in a whole new place, they tend to settle in areas where human access is easy. They prefer a place which is nearby and yet a perfect hideout. Once they reside, they expand their colonies to an entire room which usually takes more than three months.
Signs Of Bed Bugs On The Mattress
A mattress is a vast place to hide for a bed bug, because of its size. They are usually found in areas like seams of bed, the stitch holes, the underside of the bed, etc.
If there are dust-like particles on your mattress, it is better to get cleaned them. The Nymphs appear like dust particles.
Signs Of Bed Bugs On Sheets
If the mattress itself is infested then there is all possibility of sheet infestations as well.
The sheet foldings and the gap between mattress and sheets are the best places for bed bugs to hide. They usually prefer corners of the mattress, as the corners are the least used and checked portions of the bed.
Also, checking the headrest and wooden part of the bed will ensure you have no further infestations.
Signs Of Bed Bugs In Couch
This is one of the most loved places for bed bugs. Here they get access to different people, and they can hide very easily.
The first thing you need to check on a couch is wooden parts, the backrest area, and the seating area. They have so many hideouts here.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Knowing from where the bugs come can help you in preventing them and making your house a bug free.
Generally, bed bugs come from luggage, used clothes, borrowing infested sheets and beds, from your holiday stay, etc.
It is essential to check and clean every bit of cloth that has been outside your home.
You might even carry a tiny bug on your suitcase, without your awareness, from a different continent altogether!!
You can bring them even when you visit a crowded lounge, from their couch..! Or the sheets which you took from your mom could also be infested!
Checking each piece of cloth before storing it or allowing inside your home will help you to avoid them entirely.
Bite Identification Of Bed Bugs And Signs on the Skin
Usually, hands and feet are their target areas. They use their long blood-sucking beak to operate. They hold on to a person up to 2 to 8 minutes to fill their bodies. Once they are swelled up, they crawl slowly and hide in their preferred places.
The bite caused by bed bugs is not different from any flea or mosquito bites, except for that bite spot in the middle. You cannot identify a bed bug bite unless you have seen the infestation or you have witnessed it.
You can doubt for a bed bug infestation if the following things happen.
- When you wake up to an itchy skin which you never had last night while sleeping.
- If you find stains and marks of blood on your bedsheets and bed, but you cannot identify the source.
- Dusty eggshells of young Nymphs scattered on the mattress.
- An insect-like smell from your bed.
- Brown colored dried particles on your bed, which are excreta of bed bugs.
The Problem Can Be Tackled!
Do not panic if you find bed bug infestation in your home. Bed bugs are more common than people think. They may cause discomfort for a person with an infested bed or couch or sheets.
If you have found all the above things happening, then it is an excellent time to treat the infestation and get rid of them.
It is better to check every piece of furniture to know the magnitude of infestation and get to the work of cleaning.
Bed bugs are easy to remove and can be done in both natural and chemical ways.