Signs your room has bed bugs

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The bed bug epidemic has spread all around the world, and more people are experiencing bed bug infestations. When you have a suspicion that there might be bed bugs in your bedroom or home, follow your instincts by looking into it further. Spending several minutes checking your home for bed bugs and catching them early on could save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Checking for bed bugs is also fairly easy, you just need to be thorough and pay close attention to detail. While bed bugs can be tricky to find especially if you don't know what a bed bug looks like. The eggs are even harder to find and right when the eggs hatch, which is about 10 days after they are laid, the new bed bugs are already seeking a host to feed off of. Then, these tiny bugs moult 5 times before they become full grown adults. You may also be able to detect bed bugs by finding the layers of their moulted skins. You can look at photos of bed bugs on the Terminix website, and that will give you a better idea of what they look like. However, since they are nocturnal, they tend to hid really well during the daytime which makes them really hard to find if you're looking at that time. Another way you can find out whether you have bed bugs or not is if you have bites on your body. They look much like mosquito bites.

Terminix recommends getting on top of the bed bug infestation in your home by doing a thorough search for bed bugs, especially in your bedroom since they might be hiding close to where you sleep. Check all headboards, bedside tables, ceiling and wall junctions, wallpaper or panelling, baseboards and of course, your mattress. Adult bed bugs are around the size of an apple seed, measuring about five millimetres. Usually, they're reddish-brown in colour, and flat on their body. After they've fed on blood, they turn red and swell up. You may also see faecal spots or blood spots on your mattress and sheets. Remove your sheets from your bed and check the edges around the seams and corners of your mattress. Also, look in the box spring as well and check any pillows and duvets you have on your bed. If you happen to find bed bug bites on your body wash the bites with soap and water. If you know you have bed bugs, you can wear long sleeves and pants with socks to bed to prevent them from biting you, but they will still bite areas that are exposed until you do some bed bug removal and get rid of the bugs completely.

Bed bugs can be very difficult remove from your home. They have evolved to become resistant to certain insecticides, so they need a tactful and strategic approach to killing them completely. You will probably have to try multiple methods to completely remove them from your home. If your bed bug infestation is really bad, you might have to call the professionals to come and take care of it for you. If you have caught them early, the best bet is to wash all of your bedding in hot water and dry it on the hottest setting. Then, you can kill any bed bugs on your mattress with a steam cleaner or some diatomaceous earth. Just sprinkle the diatomaceous earth all over your mattress and then all over your baseboards and carpets. Vacuum it all up and dispose of the vacuum contents outdoors. Try out these bed bug removal tips and don't hesitate to call a professional to help.***

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