Guide: How To Thoroughly Check for Bed Bugs

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • January 02, 2017

Check Your House For These Unwanted Guests

Lots of traveling and visiting in-laws from the holidays might have come with unwanted visitors.

Yep, although a lot of myths and misinformation exist surrounding bed bugs, bed bugs absolutely can be carried in from fabric on suitcases or clothing, and invade your house for months. Charlotte was even ranked as the 30th worst city in the US for bed bugs in 2015!

Take a look at our fool-proof guide to thoroughly check your bedding for the presence of bed bugs.

First Steps

If you think there’s an infestation, it’s best to catch it early. Strip your bed of all linens and check the lining of your mattress as well as the surrounding area. Bed bugs often hide around the bed, in the tags of the mattress, and the box spring. If you have a heavy infestation, you might even find them around drawers or curtains.

Pro Tip: Be wary of misidentification as it is easy to mistake other insects, such as water bugs or carpet beetles for bed bugs. If you get bites from the bugs, learn how to tell the difference between a bed bug bite and other bites.

How to Identify

An accurate way to identify an infestation is looking for these physical signs: dark spots on the bed, rusty or reddish streak stains on your sheets, and tiny eggshells.

All three of these represent signs of an infestation and should be taken seriously.

Extermination Plan

Bed bugs are most easily exterminated by a professional. They can be quite resilient and if the entire population isn’t eliminated, your family risks their return. Proper thermal heat remediation is recommended to eradicate an infestation.

Killingsworth takes pride in its bed bug services. We have a great group of dogs who work diligently to identify an infestation, and our state-of-the-art thermal heat remediation ensures they will not return.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out ourĀ bed bug treatment services!

For more information on the pests that may be hiding in your home, including full explanations of the most common NC and SC pests, signs of them, how to prevent them and how to treat them, download our Pest Encyclopedia!

 

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