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If you encountered bed bugs in your home before, you know just how agonizing it is to have your home infested by these small but terrible pests.
Bed bugs may not bring in harmful diseases like other house pests, but they can grow and spread around you really fast. A female bed bug can lay as much as 5 eggs a day, and in a year, you could have as much as 1,800 bed bugs roaming around your home and biting you and your family in the evening and causing all kinds of stressful situations.
How can you find these bed bug eggs so you can get rid of them before they hatch? Below, we discuss where bed bugs like to lay their eggs.
Bed bug hiding places
When bed bugs are not feeding, they hide in places far away from human sight. These areas provide them with shelter while they sleep in the morning while keeping them in close proximity to their hosts. When night time comes, bed bugs go out of their shelters and go for a blood meal.
1: Bed Seams and Box Springs
For bed bugs, the bed is one of the best places to hide and create a nest for their eggs since it is close to their human hosts. Bed bugs need to be close to their human host because they are nocturnal creatures and come out at night for a blood meal, and the heat our body releases is what attracts them when they are in search for blood. Due to their small size, they are capable of hiding under tags of mattresses and box springs, inside cracks on the bed frame and headboards, which are hotspots for bed bugs.
When the bed bug population grows large, bed bugs spread away from the bed and into other parts of the bedroom. Carpets, pillows, and even electrical outlets that is close to the bed.
2. Living Room Furniture
Almost any furniture and accessory found in the living and dining room are highly susceptible to bed bug nests. Like bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms have lots of areas that are good hiding places away from human eyes: Carpets, rugs, couches, and chairs are one of the best examples. And since these are places where families usually come together for family night or dinner, bed bugs take advantage of the human traffic.
Although bed bugs are nocturnal, there are times when bed bugs feed in the day without their hosts knowing. Regular inspection of couches, throw pillows, and chair cushions are a must if you suspect a bed bug infestation. If there is an infestation, you would likely see blood stains, shed skin, shed skins, blood stains, faecal pellets, and if the infestation is bad, physical bed bugs.
3. Wall Accessories And Outlets
One of the main reasons why bed bugs are hard to eliminate inside the home is because they are capable of fitting themselves in even the smallest cracks around the house, like drawer joints and electrical outlets.
Wall frames, curtains, and even loose wallpapers are not safe from bed bugs as these are some areas that bed bugs would settle under as long as they have easy access to their human host. Bed bugs can also live on for months without a meal, so these places are good nesting areas for bed bugs who are not in need for a meal yet.
Bed bugs are small but terrible pests that are challenging to eradicate due to their small size, nocturnal behaviour, and unusual hiding places. While cleaning out possible nesting places may prevent an infestation from happening, it’s not enough when there is an infestation already. This is also because they are cross-infestation pests and easily brought in at any time from where you last visit.
Clearing out bed bugs will require the right solution, efficient chemicals, adequate control and diligent monitoring calling a pest control specialist to clear your home of bed bugs and other pests will be a wiser and safer option.
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