Bed bugs are most often found near sleeping areas in places with a high turnover of people. Some places particularly susceptible to bed bug infestations are hostels, hotels, apartments, cruise ships, dormitories, and trains. If travelers aren’t careful, they may pick up bed bugs on their clothing or luggage in these locations and transport them back to their homes.
Bed bug infestations can be difficult to control because they can easily spread from room to room throughout a home and from apartment to apartment in large buildings. In order to find and then completely get rid of an infestation, it is essential to know where to look. Bed bugs typically live within 8 feet of sleeping areas, so this is the best place to start looking. Hiding places around beds may include: bed frames, mattress seams, bedding, headboards, side tables, and carpeting.
Perhaps the most common place to spot bed bugs is on mattresses. Using a flashlight, you can remove the bedding and check the mattress and box spring carefully. Pay special attention to the seams and piping around the edges of the mattresses. Common signs of bed bugs include: adults, nymphs, black fecal spots, shed skins, tiny white eggs, or specks of rust colored blood.
Signs of bed bugs– adult bugs, nymphs, shed skins, eggs, and fecal matter
As you move away from the bed, hiding places may be more varied and less obvious. Bed bugs will live and hide behind baseboards, in cracks and crevices, in furniture (especially upholstered furniture), inside walls, on curtains and other fabrics, behind electrical outlets, behind picture frames and other decor, and many other places.
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