What exactly do bed bugs look like? In most cases bed bugs are a flat, brown colored, and approximately round bug that can grow up to 10 inches in length. There are rare cases where they may crawl along from one spot to another but generally they do not fly or jump like many other insect pests. They are very flat creatures and have a hard body just like a tick or a violin insect. The upper portion of the body will be smooth, while the lower portion has ridged ridges.
Once you discover these pests in your home, you need to inspect every inch of the room especially your bedding, furniture, clothes, and sheets. Check for dark stains on your mattress, especially if you are using a heavy sheet. You should also check under your mattress for cracks, holes, or any areas that may allow moisture into your home. The best way to inspect is to put on your protective clothing such as goggles and gloves, and a bed-bug dust mask. Before you begin inspecting you will want to run a steam cleaner over your mattress and furniture to remove any remaining traces of bed bugs.
Once you have found all possible hiding spots of bed bugs, you need to locate their source of entry into your home. If you see a small hole or crack, you can bet there is an infestation. To locate the source of the infestation, you will need to inspect the floor, furniture, walls, carpeting, curtains, and boxes spring. You may be able to identify the source of the infestation by listening for small bed bugs bites after an inspection of a room.
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