When inspecting your bed or resting area, it is essential to do it thoroughly. Since bed bugs’ habitat is complex, you will need to check your mattress, blankets, linens, headboard, box spring and the bed frame. Concentrate on the regions near your head and shoulders. With the linens, check every seam and fold. You should be more focused on inspecting your sheets, especially when using a fitted variety.
What you’re looking for is fecal spotting and cast skins. Once inspected, put them on the floor and away from the walls.
Tips for Inspecting a Mattress
There are a few steps that you can follow to inspect your mattress properly. Check out the steps below:
- Examine the piping or the edges of the bed. Check the stitching lines for any traces of the bugs.
- Look at all sides of your mattress then proceed to check the top and bottom. If your mattress has a lot of stitching lines, follow the lines to easily check the entire mattress.
- Check for the tags, labels, air screens and buttons. If your mattress has buttons, tags, labels, or any closures, check these as bed bugs love hiding in tight and undisturbed areas.
Taking a look at the mattress, the following are some of the most important steps to include in your search:
If you suspect there is an infestation, you will most likely find bed bugs, nymphs and eggs grouped in a certain part of your mattress.
Among the most common hiding places on the mattress are the seams. When checking the seams, you may find bugs, skins and eggs, as shown in the photo below.
Depending on the type of mattress you are using, you can pull back the seams and check for traces of any bugs. The photo below shows the traces of bed bug feces on the seams of the mattress.
What You’ll Find During Inspection
Blood stains are normal traces that you will find on your mattress as you inspect for bed bugs. The following are images of what you will find during an inspection.
Once you have confirmed their presence, take the time to call experts or resort to DIY solutions to detect and monitor bed bug activities. Use bed bug mattress covers to prevent further infestation and to protect you and your bed from these pests.
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