We’ve all heard the little rhythm and we might even say it to our friends and family members, but have you ever experienced the horrors of a bed bug invasion? Those creepy little crawlers climb out at night, seeking you not by sound or vision—but by your smell! Then they feast on your blood, slurping up enough to make their entire bodies bulge. And then they crawl across your bedding back to their homes while leaving dark spots of their poop for you to clean up.
They’re nasty little buggers, so here’s a brief guide on how to spot, them, prevent them, and get rid of them.
Look for telltale signs
As mentioned before, bed bugs leave their excrement all over your bedding. These are tiny black spots that look squished, mainly because you might be pressing down on them as you sleep with your face or body. If you see rusty-red stains on your linen, then that’s their dead bodies from you crushing them as you sleep. And of course, the most obvious sign is to catch a bed bug in action! They are light-footed so it’s hard to tell when they are crawling on you even when you’re awake.
Look for their nest
Bed bugs hide in small cracks and crevices around your house, but the best place to look for them is near where they attack you. Bed bugs don’t take much to impress, so they are usually confined to a single place in the house. If only one room is under attack from bed bugs, then search in that room first. Look behind headboards for the bed, under the bed, in cracks, on shelves—anywhere that feels like a small area to hide in.
GreenTech Bug Heat is one of the many examples of services that can help eliminate bed bugs for good. Bed bugs are notorious for their will to survive. A single female can lay 1-3 eggs a day, but hundreds over the course of her lifespan. If even a single female survives and gets away, the infestation will come back over and over again until you finally banish it. Professionals will usually ask you to clean your clothes and bag up any clothing items that the bed bugs may have laid eggs in or been hiding inside of.
Warn friends and family
Bed bugs are very resilient. If your family members stay over and a bed bug lays an egg or latches onto loose clothing, they could travel all the way to your family member’s house and start a new infestation there too. It’s incredibly important that you warn people if you do have a bed bug infestation and to keep those people away from your house for as long as possible for their own good.
Preventing bed bugs
Always make sure that your clothes are properly cleaned whenever you come back inside from a trip, holiday or anything similar. Examine and replace your headboards now and then to ensure they are free from infestations, and pull back the sheets of your mattress on a regular basis to clean them and inspect for bed bugs. The sooner you find the culprits, the sooner you can remove the problem.