The bedbug inherited its name, because they are generally found in close proximity to beds. This is because they need the blood of a human or animal to survive. A female bedbug can lay hundreds of eggs in a lifetime and it only takes about a month for an immature bedbug to grow into an adult. A fully-grown bedbug can live anywhere from seven to twelve months. These parasites are really small and their bites are painless, this makes them very hard to detect and even harder to remove. You may have to seek the help of a trained professional like Bed Bugs Extermination in NYC to rid your home of this problem. Unfortunately, you will need to take the time to do your homework, before hiring any extermination company.
Determining an Infestation
The first step to removing bedbugs is to determine that you actually have an infestation. One great way to determine if you have bedbugs is if you wake up with a bite that you did not have before you went to sleep. However, you should keep in mind that bites can come from many different parasites. One thing to note is that bedbug bites tend to be in a row, rather than scattered all over your body.
Check the Bedding
Another way to determine a bedbug infestation is by visually inspecting your bedding. If you wake up and notice red or dark spots on your sheet, you may be seeing several different things. The red spots could be your blood and the dark spots could be dried blood, feces, skin, eggs, or dead bug carcasses.
Keep in mind that you not only want to examine the top sheets, but you want to make sure that carefully examine along the edges of the mattress and box springs. Also check the headboard, behind it, and any of the wood joints.
Catch Them during Feeding Time
If you do not see any of the above signs, it is still possible that you may have an infestation. Another way to spot them is catch them during their feeing hours. You can actually see the bug, but only occasionally. Many people are under the assumption that you cannot see the bugs, but that is not true. They usually come out to feed about an hour before dawn. So keep a flashlight by your bed, set you alarm, and be prepared to spot the parasites. Do not get discouraged if you do not spot them right away, because if you are suffering from a large infestation, it is possible that they will only come out to feed once a week.
Checking Other Areas
You will be surprised to learn that bedbugs cannot only be found in your bed, but they can be found in some of the strangest places. Some other good places to check would be inside and around your nightstand, inside your drawers, lamps or lampshades, behind picture frames, inside electrical sockets, on your curtains, and in cracks in the walls.
As you can see bedbugs can start in the bedroom and spread throughout the household.