The bed bug is a problem that many homeowners are facing in Singapore. Some people believe that these pests are attracted by certain things, including untidy household, but the truth is, they can invade even clean and well-maintained homes and hotels. They have a habit of residing in hidden areas where they can’t be spotted easily. In light of this, it’s wise to formulate ways on how to identify them and get rid of them. Below are tips that can help you to check for bed bug.
Checking For Bed Bug
It’s true that these tiny pests are visible and can easily be spotted when moving around, but they are somewhat smart. During the day, it’s not easy for you to see them because they are in their hideouts. Fortunately, there are some signs that can help you identify their sanctuaries. Here are some of the most common signs to look out for: Checking Bed Bug BitesIt’s not easy to tell if you have been bitten by these pests. This is because their bite doesn’t cause redness or inflammation. The infected region can only turn red when you are bitten several times or the pest’s saliva becomes lethal to your skin. However, if you find two tubes on your skin when you wake up, it’s a clear sign that your home or hotel room is invaded with bed bugs. One of these tubes is often filled with saliva to numb the area where you have bitten, making it easier for beg bugs to suck blood from their prey without feelinganything. The second tube is used only for sucking blood from the victim. Checking Bed Bug Blood StainsThere are many pests that feed on human blood, and bed bugs are one of them. If you manage to crash a bed bug while sleeping at night, you will notice blood stains on your sheets in the morning. The stain is often round in shape, red or dark in color. These stains cannot be used to conclusively tell if there are beg bugs infestation in your home. However, if you find them and notice bed bugs bites on your skin, you still can’t be certain about bed bugs invasion, but there is a possibility that you may be dealing with them.
Check for Fecal DroppingsUnlike the two signs discussed above, fecal droppings are a clear indication of bed bugs infestation. These thin, black stains are bug’s latest digested foods. If you take a wet cloth and try to move them, they will smear red. Because these pests poop while walking, you can trace their feces to locate their hideouts.
Additionally, it’s wise to note that these droppings can actually be found on your beddings. This is because they like to poop while feeding on their prey. The be 100 percent certain that what you see is actually bed bug’s droppings, wipe them with a wet clothing if they smear, it means they are bug’s poops.Check for Bed Bug’s EggsDo not underestimate their size; these pests can lay hundreds of eggs. Experts say that one female bed bug can lay a total of five eggs in a day, and more than 500 pieces in her entire life. This is actually a better way for checking for bed bug. If your property is invaded by these unwelcomed pests, look out for their eggs. Beg bugs prefer to lay their eggs on bumpy surfaces. They like to stay clear of metal or plastic when laying eggs, but they also find fabrics to be ideal. Remember, they are small in nature and can easily fit into the tiniest crevices and nooks. Make sure that you check these regions for bed bugs.Check for Bed Bug Shed SkinsLike many other pests of their kinds, bed bugs drop their shells as they mature. In light of this, when a layer of shell become too overcrowded, it’s dropped to give room for a new shell to grow. These pests survive on blood as their main meal. So, if you happen to find their shed skins, it means that they have been feeding on you and your loved ones or your neighbors. The size of these shells varies from 2.5mm to 4.5 mm. These shells can easily be spotted on wooden furniture, boxes, mattresses, bed joints, picture frames and so on. How to Check Your Bed for Bugs Bed bugs like to hide where there is food. In this regard, the bed is often the ideal place for them to hide because they are certain about their daily bread. Below are tips to check for bugs on the bed:
Remove your beddings one by one checking for signs that indicate the presence of bed bugs, including fecal droppings and blood stains.
Pay close attention to your mattress, especially on the edges, air-holes, and seams. You are advised to turn the mattress and check the other side also. These small pests are known to hide on the head-side of the bed, check it thoroughly but don’t forget to also inspect the foot area. If you don’t have a mattress cover or the one you own have signs of worn-out, replace it immediately. Things can get worse if bugs find their way inside the mattress.
Repeat the same procedure with other bed bug favorite hiding spots, including the box springs. In the case of the box springs, you may be forced to cut the gauze to have a clear look inside. Bed bugs like to hide in these places because they can’t be traced easily without destroying the product. To have a clear look, you are advised to invest in a magnifying glass and a spotlight. Other places to consider checking for bed bug include wooden joints, staples, screw holes and corners. Female bed bugs find wooden slats to be ideal places to lay eggs. Check for bed bugs in bed frames and headboards. Also, carefully inspect the joints and corners as they are perfect locations for hiding. If your bed is pushed to the wall, pull it away and check the backside.
Bed bugs should also be checked in sofas, couches, chaise lounges, recliners, cushions, pillowcases, stands, and wardrobe. If you find it difficult to eliminate them completely, you are always advised to hire a professional