Bed Bugs Inspection
Most bed bugs are found within eight feet of a place where a human is resting. But as their population grows, so does their footprint in your home. That's why it's important to check the following areas:
Step: Determine the Severity of the Problem
- Mattresses, box springs, and bedding
- In curtains and behind peeling wallpaper
- Under carpet and Couch
- Cracks in furniture and in hardwood floors
- Under carpet and Sofa
- Piles of clothing
- Wall clock and Wallpapers
Using a flashlight and a stiff, flat-edged object like a credit card or paint scraper, check around beds, mattresses, and other areas where you suspect you might have bed bugs. Look for actual bugs, eggs, feces, or molted skin as evidence of an infestation. Be sure to look in the cracks, crevices, and folds of fabric and furniture. You may also want to wear protective gloves during this inspection.Bed Bugs are attracted to warmth. The number one hiding place for bed bugs is in mattresses and beds. Inspect your sheets for blood spots bed bugs may have left behind. Be sure to thoroughly inspect the seams, tufts, and folds of your mattress in addition to any corners or crevices of your bed. Bed Bugs also like to linger where humans sit or lay idle for long periods of time. Couches, recliners, and even office chairs are popular hiding spots for bed bugs. Don't forget to look beneath furniture, where fabric meets the legs of the furniture, and between seat cushions. Bed Bugs will also hide around the perimeter of a room. The edges of baseboards and carpet should also be inspected. Bed Bugs are treated directly, which makes it important to know exactly where they are, and where they are not, in your home. This will help you target where to treat for bed bugs and avoid wasting time. You also do not want to miss any bed bugs, which can cause a longer infestation. Using your flashlight and flat-edged object, inspect your nightstand and dressers. Empty out each drawer and examine the cracks and joints of the drawers. Don't forget to turn your drawers over and inspect the bottoms. Inspect curtains and drapes, around window and door frames, around the ceiling (especially in the corners of the room), behind loose wallpaper, behind outlet covers, under lamps, inside picture frames, and inside alarm clocks and other home electronics. Watch the video below for a demonstration of a bedbug inspection.
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