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Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call an exterminator, who will know what to look for.As if you needed something else to worry about, bedbugs, those pests from the old bedtime rhyme are making a comeback. More of a nuisance than a health hazard, they’re showing up to suck blood from people in hotels, college dorms, and hospitals. Take an informative look at bedbugs: what they are, where they lurk, and how to spot them before they get you.
Don't assume your bites are bedbugs. Bites can be hard to identify, even for doctors. Rule out mosquitoes, fleas, mites, and biting gnats by conducting a visual inspection. It's best to collect and identify bedbugs to confirm bites. Look for the bugs themselves or their bloodstains, especially along the seams of mattresses. Further, look for dark spots of insect waste where bedbugs might crawl into hiding places on furniture, walls, and floors.Bed bugs can easily be confused with other small brown bugs. So exactly what do bed bugs look like? In general, an adult bed bug is reddish-brown with a long, oval-shaped body that’s about the size and shape of an apple seed. Bed bugs may be flat or they may look like tiny brown balloons, depending on whether they’ve fed recently. They, like fleas and ticks, need blood to survive.
The seam along the edge of your mattress is the first place to check for bugs and their faeces. Faeces look like small black dots, almost as though someone made them with a permanent marker. Since they are made of blood, these black spots are often very difficult to remove. When infestation first begins, there may only be a handful of these droppings. But every time they feed, they will defecate. And the more of them there are, the more poop they will produce. If you have seen a bug in your home, your first concern may be to know whether it’s a bed bug or not. Unlike other creatures, these insects don’t have a larval stage. Juveniles are as mobile and bloodthirsty as the adults. But they look a little different from their parents. So let’s look at every stage of their life cycle individually. (Source: www.thepestadvice.com)