Staying Bed Bug Free After Spring Break Fun

Spring break is over or is coming to an end for most people in the United States.  It is this time of year when pest control companies from coast to coast will begin to receive calls from people who have traveled to exotic places, and those who have stayed close to home, with questions about potential bed bug infestations in their home.  If you have traveled or have had a college student that has returned home for a visit here are some steps you can take if you think the blood thirsty pests have hitched a ride into your home….

Looking for bed bugs:

In the early stages of an infestation, bed bugs are often found in the bedroom area.  Inspect the bed, all the way down to the mattress.  Look all of the way around paying special attention to the ribbing area.  Look under the mattress, under the box spring, and all areas of the frame.  In addition, bed bugs love to hide behind the headboard.  Look closely at any screw holes and any crevices in the wood where the bed bugs can hide.

Despite their name, bed bugs are not limited to living in the bed, and often times, they never live in the bed, and only feed there.  Bed bugs can typically be found within a 20 foot radius of where a person/s is sleeping.  Look for bed bugs in nightstands, behind picture frames, behind mirrors, in dresser, in clothing, behind baseboards, at the edges of carpets, in upholstered furniture and in curtains.

Even with the most meticulous search, it can still be difficult to spot the tiny bloodsucking creatures.  An experienced Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional like Allison Pest Control can help to find hidden bed bugs and provide the best treatment options.