Bedbugs were once a common public health pest in areas all over the globe. However, incidents of bedbugs started to decline during the twentieth century thanks to more products becoming available to eradicate the pests. Recently, bedbugs have undergone a dramatic, worldwide resurgence as they have become immune to many insecticides commonly used by pest control services. Because of this, more and more homeowners and tenants are experiencing infestations of bed bugs in your home.

If you suspect that you may have a problem with these creepy crawly pests, it’s important that you know exactly what to do to first spot the problem and then deal with it.

Finding Bed Bugs

Before you can start to deal with the bedbug problem in your home, you’ll need to discover where the pests are hiding. Start by dismantling the bed or beds which you think are infested and stand the components on end. The things to look for are the; they are light brown in color and oval-shaped with no wings. Often, a tell-tale sign of a bed bug infestation is dark spots of dried excrement which bedbugs can leave along mattress seams and in other areas where the bugs have resided. Sometimes, it may be necessary to remove the gauze fabric underlying the box spring in order to gain access for a thorough inspection. You should also examine the cracks and crevices of the bed frame in order to discover any bed bugs which could be hiding inside.

Clear the Bedroom

Bedroom clutter can be a prime hiding spot for bed bugs, as can nightstands, dressers and other bedroom furniture. Depending on the severity of your bedbug infestation, you may need to clear out all of the items in your bedroom and search the furniture as well. Empty any clothing from wardrobes and closets in addition to clearing out any other bedroom furniture to examine them for bedbugs. Tip any furniture upside down where possible in order to find any bedbugs which are hiding on the underside. Often, bedbugs will hide in cracks and crevices, so it’s important that every inch of furniture is searched.

Treating the Problem

Once you’ve discovered where the bedbugs in your home are hiding, it’s time to get rid of them. In most cases, the best thing to do is to call a pest control service such as who will be able to use licensed products and methods such as fumigation to eradicate the bedbugs from you home. On top of this, you should wash any bedding and other fabrics which could be affected in a hot wash in order to kill any bedbug eggs which could have been left behind. Thoroughly vacuuming your home is also essential in order to get rid of any eggs which have been laid in carpets and rugs.

If you know what you’re looking for and what to do in order to spot and treat bedbugs early, this problem doesn’t have to be a big one. Know the signs and keep your home free from creepy crawlies.


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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