If your home is infested with bed bugs, you may be too tempted to call a pest control expert to address this issue. But, undergoing for the treatment before having an exact idea about what you are dealing with would lead to drain your efforts in vain. Hence, treating a spot that may not be infested would just lead to waste of money, effort, and time. So, you must conduct inspections before you undergo any treatment to seek where the punaises de lit noires are hiding. Follow these steps.
- Keep your bed bug searching tools handy
These pests can easily hide in the teensy bit of a crack to hide themselves. Here, they may create a nest and reproduce more of their kind. When conducting inspections, ensure to look in the darkest cracks and crevices with a strong flashlight. You can also use a magnifying glass to seek the bugs in your space.
- Establish a starting point
When seeking the bed bugs, it is important to create a starting point. Begin looking in the spots where you found them last. You can also begin from the area which faces the most traffic. As bed bugs are usually found in high traffic areas in your home, so you may most likely find them there. They never stray too far from their recent spot and never create an abode far away from food.
- Look out for the residue
They always leave some kind of residue. When you follow the trail, you may end up finding a nest of bed bugs.
Look out for the following:
- Spots: these spots resemble the excretions of these pests. These excretions are actually dry blood that the bed bugs couldn’t digest and had to excrete. The color of these matter could be dark red or maroon.
- Shells: they molt at least thrice in their lives and they always leave behind shells which signify the outer skeletons of these pests. When they shed, they leave their shells behind.
- Smell: these bugs emit a distinctive odor which is more of sweet and musty.
- Don’t forget to look in the cracks and crevices as well
If you are doubtful of bed bug infestation in your home, ensure to inspect every gap and crack in your house. Always keep in mind to inspect the spaces between the furniture along with the curtain seams, cloth pieces or anything which is made of fabric. Bed bugs tend to hide in these places a lot.