A reoccurring question that many people seem to want to know is, How to check for Bed Bugs. The quick answer is “Very Carefully”.
While it makes sense to be sure that you are entering a bug free hotel room or that your home is indeed not infested, that question still remains. How to check for bed bugs. Many people are scared to death that they may have a bed bug infestation and will often times be mistaken as what they truly have is a spider, or flea, or mosquito bite. However, the Bed Bug Size is important when knowing how to check for bed bugs. As they will go through many stages of life and the bed bug size will change, they are usually considered to be about the size of an apple seed as adults. So when trying to figure out how to check for bed bugs, realize that you could be seeing many different stages at the same time. Here is a great book, The Bed Bug Combat Manual about bed bugs and their management.
The Cimex lectularius is not to be ignored. It can move, it loves to travel, and it likes to feed at night on unsuspecting humans. The special of the day is blood..and these little guys need it in order to thrive and survive. As a matter of fact, they require blood meals in order to reach adulthood. They must feed and will molt after each blood meal…5 x on their way to adulthood.
How to check for Bed Bugs
- · Bed Bugs are usually around or right near places where people sleep.
- · They hide during the day and can be found in crevices, cracks of walls, dressers, tables, bed headboards, mattresses, box springs, seams of bedding and sheets, pillows, and in any type of clutter or debris around beds.
- · These little guys can move and have been known to travel up to 100 feet in one night. They like to move in luggage stored on infested beds too. Check your luggage to make sure you aren’t taking any uninvited guests with you. Here’s a new cool luggage product to try and help minimize bed bug movement.
- · They typically prefer to remain with about 10 feet of where people sleep. (They stay close to where they feed).
- · They are very good at hiding and you likely must search for them. They feed at night which is typically when they are moving. These shy little guys hide during the daytime.
- · When checking a hotel room, be sure and look behind the bed board and in the crevices of the night tables.
- · Check the mattress, the box spring and any crevices that are formed by bedding materials.
- · Look to be sure you are not seeing rust colored spots on the bedding. Bed Bugs will feed and excrete blood in their droppings that is often a rusty brown color.
- · If there are cracks in the walls or areas between the baseboards and the walls, they should be checked.
- · A musty sweet-ish odor can be an indicator of an infestation.
- · There are exoskeletons present in folds of mattresses and sheets or many of these other areas. These are left over after the bug molts 5x after blood meals and on its way to adulthood.
- · Bed Bugs moving or crawling on you in the middle of the night. Although its unlikely you would feel a bite, they can sometimes be observed. Your best bet however is to find them in hiding during the day.
These are some great ways on How to check for Bed Bugs. The more you know, the better you can sleep knowing that you have checked.