A bedbug infestation in a home usually occurs when these pests are brought into the home through buying used or secondhand furniture or bedding items. Another way that bedbugs gain entry to a home is when people travel and stay at hotels or other lodgings which may have bedbugs. These small creatures can be carried in bags or luggage items.
When people return home with infested luggage and unpack, bedbugs can then hide in upholstered furniture and mattresses in a home. Bedbugs can multiply easily, creating an infestation because a female bedbug can lay up to 500 eggs.
Although these animals are very tiny, people know if there is an infestation in their homes by looking for telltale signs, such as tiny black specks on or near the edge of mattresses and upholstered furniture. If a bedbug is crushed while it still has undigested blood in it, it will leave a tiny blood stain. Similarly, because these animals feed on human blood, another sign can be bite marks. Bedbugs are more active at nighttime, and these pests bite people while they are sleeping. Bedbug bites can appear anywhere on the body, according to WebMD.
If a homeowner suspects that there is an infestation in his or her home, then they should contact a professional extermination service to deal with the problem, because it may be difficult to eradicate bedbugs without a professional.