Posted on | June 26, 2012 | 8 Comments
Locating the hiding spots of bed bugs is not that hard once you learn a bit about them. The reason why it’s easy to locate the places where they hide is because these insects are quite predictable in their habits and the places where they prefer to stay. First of all, you need to look at the places that are found in the bed’s vicinity. These bed bugs enjoy staying in the areas between wood and carpet and under your moldings, so one of the first places you should be looking at are those. Other areas where they can be found include surprising locations, like electric outlets, the back of your wall paper and even behind panels.
If you’re looking for the hiding spots of bed bugs which are most common, those would be the bed posts and the mattress. A bedbug will hide in the crevices, tufts and seams of the bed’s headboard, bed frame, box spring or mattress. If there is a small area where they can get inside in your bed, there is a good chance they’re hiding there. If you locate black spots on the mattress, chances are that they are secretions and feces left behind by the chinches.
Finding the hiding spots of bed bugs
When you’re inspecting the possible hiding spots of chinches and preparing to get rid of them, you should probably start by dismantling your bed and looking at every surface, even those that you never see in most cases.
While the most obvious sign of a chinch infestation is seeing the bed bug, watching out for the nymph skins which are brown is also a good idea. Excrements left by bedbugs look like dark spots and you will probably see them near the seams of the mattress or anywhere else where bed bugs hide.
The box spring is another popular choice for bedbugs and you will probably find them in the area where the wooden frame is attached to the fabric. You will have to actually get access to the box in order to make sure it’s clean, so you might need to remove the dust cover.
If you do find bed bugs in the box spring or in the mattress, you can either discard them, or you can try to treat them and remove the infestation. It’s not an easy job, but it can be done. Start by vacuuming them, after which take a steamer and try to get rid of the black spots. Use diatomaceous earth and add it inside, so bedbugs die when they come in contact with it.
Other areas that should be checked out include bed frames and their crevices and cracks, especially if they’re made of wood.