If you wake up every morning with bites on your skin, you definitely have something sleeping with you that you probably do not want, which could be bed bugs. Below is some information about these bugs if you have never encountered them before, and how you can get them to move on and sleep somewhere else.
Where to Find Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can be hard to detect because they are about the size of a small appleseed. They bite humans while they are sleeping and suck their blood. Bedbugs usually only come out at night, and hide during the day. They love to get into any small crack or crevices where they can hide. Look in areas of your bed, box springs, frame, etc., and anything else that is close to your bed for the bugs.
Bed Bug Bites
Sometimes it is hard to tell a bed bug bite from other insect bites. There are some characteristics you can look for, however. The spots will be red with a darker brown color in the middle of them, and about the size of a mosquito bite. The bites will probably itch, and be in a cluster on your body. These bugs usually like to bite people on their hands, arms, neck, and face.
Where They Came From
There are two common ways that you can get bed bugs:
- Hotel Room. If you have stayed at a hotel recently, you may have brought them home with you. To keep this from happening check the room as soon as you get there. Remove the sheets on the bed and look at the mattress. Look around the seams on the mattress, as well as underneath it. Look behind the head of the bed around the carpeting and headboard. You may see small black spots or an actual bug. The black spots are fecal matter and it is a sticky substance.
- Used Clothing and Books. If you purchase clothing at a yard sale or a thrift store, they may have bed bugs in them. The best way to prevent this is to take the items to a laundromat and wash and dry them before you bring them home. They can also hide in used books. Check them thoroughly before you bring them inside.
If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your home, call an exterminator like Vancouver Pest Control immediately. They can spray your bed with a chemical that will kill them. They will likely spray around the rest of the room also just to be safe. It is much easier for them to do this, as they have small tools that can get down into the cracks and crevices.