5 Steps to determine if your home has bed bugs- New Jersey
Why would anyone search the bedroom or hotel quarters for bed bugs? Often it is because you have mysterious bites on your arms or perhaps you have seen “spots” behind or on the bed? Maybe you changed the sheets and thought you saw something? To put your mind at ease, here is some basic information that will help you in determining whether or not you have bed bugs- New Jersey based pest control company also assists you with 5 very simple steps.
Traditionally these parasites make your mattress their home base and lie dormant until it is time to eat. What are they eating? You. If you have marks or bites on your legs or body, it is a good idea to immediately rule them out because they require a specific treatment in order to rid of them. Keep in mind, that a bite or mark is not a reason to panic, as it may not be bed bugs- New Jersey has many different types of pests that could resemble them.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you cannot see a bed bug with the naked eye. The truth is, you can see them, but you have to find them first. Often they burrow themselves in your mattress far enough that they are not obviously seen.
Inspecting your home – 5 Do-it-Yourself Steps
#1. Body Inspection
Check everyone for marks and bites. The bites have a distinctive pattern: often they are red, itchy and form a straight line. If you find bites in random sports on the body in no particular pattern, chances are they are not from them. Often you will find these marks on the arms and shoulder region of the body, so pay close attention to those areas.
#2. Sheet Check
As soon as you wake up in the morning, inspect the bottom sheet carefully. After you have reviewed your fitted sheet, go around the outside of the mattress where the seams and piping are. After careful review of this area, remove the top mattress and inspect the box spring. You are looking for red stains or dark spots. These could be from dried blood, feces, skin, eggs or even dead bugs. You also want to check the plastic guards, in between wood seams and behind the headboard because they are really clever at hiding.
#3. Wake when they do
You may not have clear evidence after doing a thorough inspection, so the next best practice would be to catch them “in the act”. This step in particular is the most disturbing for some, while for others it is a necessary step. Set an alarm approximately an hour before dawn. Go to bed as you normally would but be sure to have a flashlight within arm’s reach. When the alarm goes off, try very hard to be as still as possible. Reach carefully for the flashlight and gingerly lift the covers and search for movement. Try to be as still as possible, as movement will force them to go back into hiding. Keep in mind that if you do not have a large infestation, it is possible they only come out once or twice a week to feed- so you may need to repeat this step for clarity.
#4. Look AROUND the bed and mattress
Look inside and around your nightstand, drawers, electronic devices, behind picture frames, lamps and around your curtains. These are only suggestions, as every room is set up differently. Begin by starting at the bedroom door and inspect inch by inch as you walk inward.
#5. Call a professional
If you are unable to determine whether or not you have bed bugs- New Jersey pest specialists recommend that you call them in for a second glance. make that call especially if you notice that you or your family member has bites that are forming in some form of a line or pattern.
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