Are Bed Bugs In Jacksonville Hiding In Places Other Than My Bed?

When bed bugs get into your home, you're not likely to know it at first. These insects are notoriously good at hiding. If you're hoping to prevent bed bugs from biting you, there is an important fact you should know: Bed bugs don't just hide in your bed. Let's take a look at all of the many places where bed bugs hide, other than your bed. 

Typical Habits Of Bed Bugs In Jacksonville

When a bed bug comes into your home, it will be in the item they hitched a ride in, such as a piece of luggage, a duffel bag, a pocketbook, etc. The first place you need to look for bed bugs is in carriable items.

Once bed bugs have been brought into your home, they're going to do what they did in the last location they were in. Those bed bugs are going to look for places to hide. What is a good hiding place for a bed bug? A location that is near where humans sleep, sit, or recline. For this reason, you can expect to find bed bugs in furniture.

Can I See Bed Bugs If They Are On My Furniture?

You are not likely to see bed bugs crawling on your furniture. They prefer to hide from light, but you may see a bed bug come out in dim lighting, particularly young nymphs. The adults are more likely to stay hidden. For this reason, it is important to know how to identify bed bugs in all stages of development.  

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

It is likely that you've seen an adult bed bug. There have been many news stories on the topic of bed bug infestations. The adults are a rusty brown color, are seed-shaped, have six legs, and are about ⅙ of an inch long. Bed bug nymphs have some similarities. They are seed-shaped and have six legs but they aren't the same color. Here are some physical characteristics of which you should be aware.

  • Newly hatched nymphs are a pale color.
  • If a newly hatched nymph has fed, its abdomen will be bright red.
  • As nymphs develop, they become a tan coloration.
  • A bed bug that has had a blood meal but has not recently fed may appear black. This is because the black feces inside its body are visible. The younger a bed bug is, the easier it is to see black feces and human blood on the inside of its body.

Do you see why it is important to be able to identify bed bugs? Along with bed bug identification, you need to know how to check for bed bugs. They're not going to be out in the open where you can see them.

  • Inspect furniture for black fecal spotting. Bed bugs leave their feces in the places they explore.
  • Use a probing tool to inspect creases and seams. Doing so will dislodge white eggs, skins, feces, and bed bugs, and bring them to the surface.
  • Use your nose to detect bed bug pheromones. If you smell something that is a little "off" inside a piece of furniture, you may be smelling bed bugs. They excrete chemicals that are somewhat unpleasant to humans.

When you detect bed bugs, there is one more thing you should know. You need to know how to clean bed bugs up in infested areas. The tool for this job is a vacuum. As you perform your inspections, have your vacuum close at hand and make sure you have the crack and crevice attachment on your hose. Suck those bugs up and remove the other debris you find.

How Can I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs As Soon As Possible?

Along with vacuuming up bed bugs, you'll need to know how to treat bed bugs inside infested items. You can't just spray them because they tuck themselves in very tight spaces and inside dark voids where your sprays won't get to them. For carryable items like duffel bags, bookbags, and backpacks, you can put these items through a 30-minute dryer cycle. Does heat kill bed bugs? You betcha! This method will kill bed bugs in all stages of development. But you can't put a chair or a couch in your dryer, so what do you do with them? At Lindsey Pest Services, we have a portable heat chamber that we can construct on your property. It's like a big dryer. We put your infested furniture in and your furniture comes out with no living bed bugs inside.

If you need bed bug pest control in Jacksonville, reach out to Lindsey Pest Services. We understand bed bugs and we know what you're up against. Connect with us today. We have the solutions you're looking for. 

 

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