Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
Bed bugs aren't just hiding in your bed as their name suggests; bed bugs can be just about anywhere in your home. They can be lurking in your living room, kitchen, and even in your basement. If you don't know what to look out for, these bugs could invade your entire home. Read on for tips to know where to look in your home for bed bugs and what you're looking for.
What To Look For
Bed bugs are small insects that will feed off of a warm-blooded host. They can bite you and feed off of your blood. These bugs are small in size, usually around the size of a small apple seed. They're a reddish-brown color when they are adult size. You may even spot their shed skin around your home.
These bugs will also leave marks such as blood splatters around your home—on walls, near light switches, or on bedding and mattresses.
You may even notice marks on your body from these bugs. They feed off of your blood, so they're going to be biting you to get it. These bugs will leave itchy bumps on your body, which you may notice on your back, arms and legs. The bite marks may be in a straight line on your body.
Where To Look
Bed bugs can be found in the bedroom, but that isn't the only place. Bed bugs can be found in a number of other areas of your home as well. They can be in your couches and other furniture around your home, as well as behind baseboards, in outlets and receptacles, in cabinets, in light fixtures, and behind wall hangings.
When looking for bed bugs, grab a flashlight and a magnifying glass. Look at your mattress and box spring first. Pull back all of your bedding, and pull apart the seams of your mattress to get a good look. Take a close look with your flashlight and magnifying glass for these pests. If you've spotted them there, start looking elsewhere around your home as well. Bed bugs like to travel, so they could be in other bedrooms and in other living spaces as well.
If you've found bugs in your mattress, find a mattress bag that can be sealed to kill any bed bugs on your mattress. Pick up your home so you don't have belongings on your floor such as piles of clothing, pillows, or blankets for bed bugs to hide in.
Vacuum your home thoroughly and wash everything you can in hot water. Dry everything in the hottest air you can. Anything that can't be washed should be placed in bags, sealed, and left for a few days until the bed bugs die off.
These can be difficult bugs to get rid of, especially if they are all over your home. Don't waste time getting a handle on these bugs, as they can take over your home in no time. If you have bed bugs in your home, call a professional exterminator that specializes in bed bug extermination to kill the ones you have and to help prevent them from returning.