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Where Bed Bugs Hide?
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage,
clothing, used beds or couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make
it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card.
Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in
hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box
springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to
bite in the night.
Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom,
moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby
rooms or apartments.
Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your
home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate
homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people
while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and
withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10
minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into
itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that
are mainly around the ankles,
bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do
not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.
People who don't realize they have a bedbug infestation may
attribute the itching and
welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must
find and identify the bugs themselves.
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