This is a picture of a bed bug diving into a person in the hopes of a blood meal. That’s right; bed bugs need a blood meal to survive. During the day they hide in cracks and crevices like the seams in your mattress and box spring, headboards, bed framing, under carpet edges, nightstands and even in electrical sockets. In rare cases, Hoffman’s Exterminating Co. has found them in curtain rods, kitchen stoves, behind wallpaper, shoes, clock radios, and a variety of other areas.
Bed bugs hide in hard to get places and wait for the sun to go down, only to crawl up on the bed and feed on sleeping people. Here are three ways to tell if you have a bed bug infestation.
- Are you waking up with any bite infections on your body? Some people have a reaction to the bites while others can be bit and not show any obvious signs.
- Are there any small blood spots on your pillow or sheets? During the night, as bed bugs try to feed, the host, (that would be you), sometimes scratches from the discomfort and squashes the insect, causing the bed bug to burst and stain the sheet or pillow cover.
- Inspect your mattress and box spring each time you wash your sheets. Look in the seams of the mattress and behind tags and plastic corners. Bed bugs are large enough that you can see them. They are reddish-brown in color and the adults are about the size of shelled sun flour seed.
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