You never know what creepy-crawlies are lurking in the home. The most notorious house pest of all is the bedbug. These critters like to hide in crevices and grow to be no bigger than the size of an apple seed. Many are at a loss for how to find bedbugs, which lets the problem get even worse.
Below are some tips for identifying and getting rid of bedbugs in mattresses.
Signs of bedbugs in the home
Bedbugs feed on the blood of animals and humans. They come out of their hiding places at night, and then draw blood from exposed skin. People living among a bedbug infestation may wake up one morning with clusters of small, red and itchy spots. It’s important to note these spots can resemble bites from other types of insects. Plus, not everyone develops a skin reaction to bedbug bites.
A more reliable way to find bedbugs is by looking for what they leave behind. Immature bedbugs, known as nymphs, shed their skin five times before growing into adults. Look for molted skin that’s a pale yellowish color. Adult bedbugs shed as well, and their molted skin looks like a light brown shell.
You might also find stains on the bedding. Many stains are often tiny blood spots left over from the bedbugs’ last feeding time. Bedbug excrement appears as a dark, rusty stain that seeps into fabric like a pen mark.
You probably won’t encounter a bedbug in broad daylight. However, you’re likely to come across their eggs. Bedbug eggs are an off-white color and are as small as a speck of dust. The eggs are often found in clusters that resemble a grain of white rice.
How to get rid of bedbugs
Now that you’ve learned how to find bedbugs, it’s time to get rid of them. Wash clothes and bedding in hot water; then dry everything on the highest possible setting. Bedbugs can’t survive temperatures at or above 122°F. You can also throw shoes and stuffed animals in the dryer for at least 30 minutes.
While your clothes and bedding are in the wash, scrub the mattress and furniture seams with a stiff brush. Bedbugs love hiding in crevices, so cleaning these areas can dislodge bedbugs and their eggs. Make sure to vacuum the mattress, carpet and window curtains as well. Promptly wrap up the contents inside your vacuum, and then take out the garbage.
Lastly, bed covers are a major part of identifying and getting rid of bedbugs in mattresses. Wrap the box spring and mattress in covers that zip up and are tightly woven; that way, the bedbugs get trapped in the furniture. Bedbugs can last a full year with no blood supply, so leave the covers on until they have died off.
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