Bed Bug Awareness – Inspection Guide

Posted on: June 3, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Finding bed bugs and correctly identifying them is the first step and one of the most important steps in effectively treating a bed bug infestation.  Below you will find a simple guide to performing an effective bed bug inspection.  These tips can be used at your home, in hotel rooms, at your business, or anywhere that you visit while traveling or in your day-to-day life.

Signs of bed bugs:

The best way to identify a possible bed bug infestation if to look for the physical signs of bed bugs.  These signs can be found while cleaning a room, changing your bedding, or during a quick inspection on a public space.

Blood and fecal stains – These stains are rusty red/brown or dark black.  They can be found on linens and upholstery.  Sometimes these stains have been described as looking like ink spots from a pen.

Live bed bugs – Obviously live bugs in your bed or room is cause for alarm.  Bed bugs are usually seen around the edges and ribbing of a mattress or under bedding materials.

Dead Skins – Much like reptiles, bed bugs cast their outer skin layers as they grow.  These cast skins can be seen where bed bugs live.

Unexplained bites – If you have unexplained bites, usually in groups of 3, this is a good sign of bed bugs.  While bed bugs bites are a good first indicator of a problem, you will need more evidence before a treatment is performed.  Bed bug bites closely resemble mosquito bites.

 

Bed Bug hiding places:

Bed bugs like to hide anywhere where they can feed regularly and can be hidden from danger.  This is NOT limited to beds.  Any inspection for bed bugs should include all furniture and decorations in the room.  Especially if you have a heavy infestation you will probably find bed bugs all the places below…

  • In the joints and crevices of furniture. Including chairs, dressers, book shelves, desks, and more.
  • Don’t forget to check your window drapes and blinds for signs of bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs can hide behind loose wall paper and behind wall decorations
  • Under carpet and around the edges of the room are also common places that you might see bed bugs.

 

 

 

Bed Bug Lifestyle:

Understanding bed bugs lifestyle and behavior will help you in detecting bed bug issues before they become huge infestations.  You can also more effectively monitor a room after a treatment has been applied if you know what you should be looking for.

Feeding – Bed bugs like to feed within 5-20ft of their “home” hiding place.  Bed bugs like to feed at night, but we often see bed bugs feed all throughout the day, especially in large infestation situations. Bed bugs feed on blood every 1-3 days.

Life Span – Bed bugs must feed at least 1x before growing to the next stage and casting their skin.  Bed bugs start as one of 300-500 eggs that a female bed bugs lays in her lifetime.  Bed bugs will lay 1-3 eggs per day and it can take weeks to months for bed bugs to grow to full size.

Ideal living conditions – bed bugs can survive and even thrive in temperatures as low as 46 degrees Fahrenheit, but they die within 15 minutes once temperature exceed 113 degrees.  Ideal temperatures for humans are also ideas for a bed bug population.

 

 

Still have questions?  Give ProChem ProActive a call at 866-674-7779.  If you think you have bed bugs call us right away for an inspection and treatment plan.  Fast reaction to any bed bug issue is key to a successful elimination.   You can also find more info on our blog at http://prochemproactive.com/blog/.