How to check for bed bugs and how to tell if you have bed bugs

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There seems to be a bed bug epidemic happening in the US and other countries around the world, and while bed bugs have existed for a long time, it seems like there is a rise in the number of bed bug infestations. Many people think it's because more people are travelling than ever, and the most common way to get bed bugs is in a hotel or hostel. This is why it's so important to make sure that there are no bed bugs where you're staying when you're on vacation. This will prevent you from having a bed bug infestation in your home and could save you a lot of time, energy and money in bed bug removal. The best thing is to know what to look for. Bed bugs can look like a lot of other bugs, so it helps to look at a picture of a bed bug, so you know what you're looking for. They are flat and reddish-brown in colour with an oval shape. They are usually about 4 to 5 millimetres long and could be about the size of an apple seed.

These bugs only feed on blood, either human or animal. They usually only come out at night when the host is asleep and won't notice the bite or draw of blood. Since they are so small, these bugs can hide anywhere. You can find them in cracks between baseboards or in walls. They can be found mainly in the folds of a mattress along the seams or in the box spring. They will also hide in electrical outlets and other furniture. Anywhere they can go without being seen in the light of day. If you happen to stay in a place that has bed bugs, they could hide out in your luggage or your purse or briefcase and then you'll take them home with you. Even if you only take a couple of them home with you and you have a female bed bug that female can lay thousands of eggs in her lifetime. So it's great to check your hotel room before you even bring your items in. The good thing is, bed bugs don't really jump, they have to crawl, so they aren't too quick to get onto your clothing. But if you've been in the area that has a bed bug infestation for a while, you should really wash your clothes right as soon as you get home in hot water.

Signs of a bed bug infestation include seeing the bed bugs themselves of course, as well as their shells and their waste which leaves brown stains around. You will probably also notice bites on your body which will be red and sometimes itchy. Once you've found one bed bug, there will almost always be more, so it's wise to do a bed bug removal right away. You'll wand to get rid of all clutter in your home so they won't have as many hiding places. Then, you'll want to wash all of your bedding in hot water and dry them on the hottest dryer setting. This will kill the bugs and the eggs. Inspect all of your furniture in your home and use a magnifying glass to see better. Always check your stuff after you've spent the night somewhere you think may have bed bugs, even the cleanest looking rooms can get bed bugs. If everyone knew how to check for bed bugs and effective bed bug removal techniques, we might be able to get on top of this bed but epidemic we are facing right now. For more tips and bed bug removal techniques check out Orkin.***

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