Bed bugs can fit into almost any crack, crevice, or protected location. They prefer to hide in dark places where they will be undisturbed.
Bedbugs tend to live in groups. They usually only come out to feed with your blood while you are sleeping.
The most favorite hiding place is close to their food source (i.e. a sleeping human). This is especially true during the early stages of a bedbug problem. As infestations grow, the bed bugs normally move beyond beds into other locations, making control more difficult.
So where do bed bugs hide? Here are the favorite bedbugs hiding spots, plus other places that will surprise you. Learn where to look for bed bugs below:
Around the bed you should check:
Bed Bugs can feed on your pets as well, even though they prefer human’s blood.
Things to look for are the bugs themselves, shed skins of the nymphs (immature bed bugs), and the blackish fecal spots. The dark spots of dried bed bug excrement are often present along mattress seams or wherever the bugs have resided.
You definitely can see bed bugs and their eggs with the naked eye. Using a few simple tools will help you even better to find them.
A bright white LED flashlight will illuminate the dark crevices where bed bugs hide. Bed bug eggs are seen more clearly with an ultraviolet flashlight. (black light).
Prepare your tweezers or forceps to collect insects.
To store it and prepare for identification you will need a collection container.
To preserve the bug, fill the container with rubbing alcohol or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
A credit card, spatula, or putty knife are handy crevice inspection tools for tight places.
You can also use compressed air in crevices to flush out the insects. Capture a bed bug and mail a sample to Cornell Diagnostic Laboratory
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