The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says bedbugs hide in the smallest of places, such as folded clothes, in the seams of luggage or mattresses and in furniture, making it easy to spread them throughout a home. People can easily and unknowingly transfer the critters from one destination to another.Continue Reading
At its largest, an adult bedbug measures 5 millimeters wide, and its white egg (1 millimeter) is so small it's hard to spot with the naked eye. Officials with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency says bedbug bites are oftentimes misdiagnosed, giving the critters ample time to spread to other areas of the home. There are chemical and non chemical ways to nix a bedbug infestation if acted upon quickly.
Nonchemical treatments include an hour on high heat (113 degrees) in the dryer or cold treatments (below 0 degrees) for up to 4 days. Chemical treatments can be bought in stores, online or from professional pest control companies.Learn more about Fleas & Bedbugs
The process of eliminating bedbugs requires a thorough cleaning regimen over several hours a week until the pests no longer infest your home. Gather pesticides, a vacuum, heavy trash bags, bedbug interceptors and a heavy plastic encasement for each bed. You also need access to a washer and dryer.Full Answer >
There are a variety of ways to cause a bedbug infestation in your home, or on your person, including staying in a hotel with bedbugs, buying used clothing and not washing it first, or by bringing in a piece of used furniture. Bedbugs hide easily due to their oval, flat bodies so it can be difficult to spot them. They may hide in people's headboards, mattresses, box springs or bed frames, where they can easily access people to bit.Full Answer >
Common hiding places for bed bugs include the crevices of mattresses, box springs, headboards and bed frames. In an early bed bug infestation, they typically live and hide very close to where they feed, such as a bed, chair or couch.Full Answer >
Over-the-counter aerosol foggers are ineffective against bed bugs because the mist from such foggers does not penetrate the places where bed bugs usually hide, such as under mattresses and inside carpet. Even when the mist reaches bed bugs, the bugs are often resistant to the toxins used in foggers.Full Answer >