In the morning we feel itchy and try to guess what is causing it. Bed bugs may likely be the cause. Some people who experience bites think that they are suffering from some kind of allergic reaction. Incomplete cleaning of bedding is among the leading reasons that infestations grow so quickly. But how do we know where to find them? Are we able to actually see them?
Luckily the good news is that bed bugs are visible. We hardly ever see them because they usually are active in the dark. During the night, they will climb onto a body and feed on human blood. If disturbed, they will normally move quickly to find a dark area. During the day, the bugs can be found in the crevices or folds of a mattress. Their eggs are difficult to spot despite looking like grains of salt. These parasites are about 5 millimeters (1/4 inch) long and are brown in color. They are usually confused with dust mites. Dust mites are not visible to the naked eye. Vacuuming your bedding regularly can reduce the number of these vampire bugs that are living in your bed.
Bed bugs can be seen better if viewed under a magnifying lens. Yet, they are hard to see with the naked eye since they avoid well-lit areas. What also makes them hard to see is the fact that bed bugs have flat bodies. Younger ones, called nymphs, are smaller lighter color and very hard to see. If you are familiar with the areas where they hide, odds are you have a better chance of seeing them. If you can’t see them, you can also spot their signs such as shed skin, blood spots on bed sheets, and even dark spots of excrement. Perhaps the best time to see these bugs is during the pre-dawn hours while it is still dark. At that time, shine a light near an area where they are believed to be present.
Bed bugs are tiny but they can be exterminated. If you know where they are hiding, then you have a better chance of getting rid of them. While this may not be the permanent solution to the problem, it’s better to be prepared the next time you discover a bedbug infestation. While exterminator services can be expensive, there are other ways to kill off these bugs such as using various cleaning chemicals such as Lysol or commercially available sprays.