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Even if you’re not afraid of bugs, no one is comfortable with hundreds of little bugs crawling all over them feeding on their blood while they sleep. However, when you have a bed bug infestation, this is exactly what you could be dealing with. As threatening and creepy as this sounds, you don’t have to suffer. Once you can recognize what to look for in a bed bug infestation, it is easier to implement offensive and preventative measures.
Bed bugs are very small, the adults growing to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide. They are round or oval-shaped and typically reddish-brown or light brown. The bugs are named after their typical habitat of human homes, specifically near beds or anywhere else in a home that humans regularly sleep. As nocturnal insects, they wait for the humans to fall asleep and then actively search for their meal, mostly between the hours of 2 AM and 5 AM. Bed bugs are capable of feeding during the day without being detected, but typically they are only active at night.
These crafty little creatures take great caution in trying to stay hidden in a warm crevice. One common place to find them is in the creases of your mattress or any cracks in your headboard. Look in between mattresses, inspect box springs for holes to ensure they have not created a home inside it, and check the nooks and crannies where the wall and carpet meets. Bed bugs may also settle into your luggage or near a pet’s typical resting spot. You’ll also want to check couches and pull out beds; anywhere someone may have slept could hold a bed bug colony. Other signs of bed bugs to be on the lookout for include bed bug feces, eggs, or blood stains on sheets from feeding.
After finding where all of the bed bugs are, the next step is to get rid of them. Anything that can be washed should be washed in very hot water, at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and soap. This includes sheets, blankets, pet bedding, clothing, couch cushions if possible, etc. Put everything that was washed through the dryer to treat it one more time with high heat. Also, steam clean your carpets and other furniture with very hot water.
Use our Bed Bug Patrol Spray and Organic Crawling Insect Control Dust to take care of any bugs left standing. Spray Bug Patrol and apply Control Dust on wall voids, under baseboards, and in cracks and crevices, soaking the areas thoroughly. Place bed bug traps strategically through the house, and consider encasing your mattresses in mattress covers. Using mattress covers traps any bed bugs still living in the mattress inside without food and keeps any more bed bugs from getting into the mattress.
While bed bug infestations can have physical and psychological effects on us, you don’t have to suffer. Bed bugs are just that: bugs. Don’t be intimidated by a little bug. Instead, show them whose boss!