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Everything You Need to Know About Bed Bugs and Beds

Do bed bugs really live in beds? Even though these unwelcome invaders are found everywhere from baseboard to behind electrical outlets like the name says—these bugs do live in beds. If you're not sure how to find these bugs in your bed, take a look at what you need to know about the pests, their hiding places, and extermination options.

Where Should You Look for Bed Bugs

While there are plenty of places in your bedroom, living room, or anywhere else in your house to look for bed bugs, the bed itself is often a first stop for this type of pest inspection. But this doesn't mean you should expect to see the bugs crawling on your duvet cover or lined up on your linens.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), bed bugs are between 3/16 and 1/4 inch long with oval-shaped reddish-brown bodies. Along with the bugs themselves, you can also look for other signs of the pest on your bed. These include reddish stains or streaks, tiny dark spots of bed bug excrement, yellow nymph skins, or whitish egg shells. The top areas of your bed to search include:

  • The mattress. While the top and bottom areas are the prime places you might think to search, also inspect the seams that join the tops and sides, the sides, and in or around side handle pulls. Also search the box spring for signs of an infestation.
  • The crevices. The sewn seams on the top of the bed that create a quilted look could hide bed bugs or their excrement.
  • The mattress support or frame. Do you have a metal, wooden, or other support under the mattress and box spring? Search the edges, grooves, and base of this frame for live bed bugs, nymph skins, or egg shells.
  • The headboard. Does your bed frame have an attached headboard? Look in grooves or behind wooden or other solid headboards. If you have a cushioned or fabric-covered headboard, search along the seams or around embellishments.
  • The bed linens. Take everything off your bed. This includes the flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillow cases, mattress pad/topper, bed skirt, blankets, duvet, pillows, or anything else on the bed. Search these items for bed bugs or signs of the invaders.
  • Anything under the bed. Remove boxes, bins, drawers, or anything you store under the bed.

You may need to move or take apart your bed to make the most of your bed bug search. Unscrew bed frames and headboards to get a full view. As you move the bed, look under the frame (on the floor) and on the wall or walls it borders. Bed bugs may also hide on or in the baseboards, floorboards, or carpeting your bed touches.

What Should You Do About Bed Bugs

You found bed bugs—in or around your bed. What's the next step? Before you wash, sanitize, or spray anything on or near your bed, call a professional for help. Even though it may seem like a deep cleaning could rid the area of the bugs, this won't effectively remove 100 percent of the problem. To eliminate bed bugs in and around your bed:

  • Schedule a professional inspection. Are the bugs only on the bed? It's possible the invaders are also in other areas of your home. Failure to find and eliminate these bugs could lead to another bed bug bed infestation. A professional has the expertise necessary for a full inspection.
  • Schedule a professional extermination. Now that you know where the bugs are, the pest control technician can exterminate the invaders effectively and safely.
  • Wash bedding. Separate infested bedding from other laundry. Wash and dry fabrics on the hottest cycles possible.

You may need to schedule routine maintenance or a repeat service. This can help you to catch a re-infestation before it gets out of control or prevent the start of a new invasion.

Does your bed have bed bugs? Contact No Bull Bed Bug Control for more information.

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Your home is inviting to a lot of different pests. Whether rodents want to get out of the cold weather or bugs want to take advantage of an easy source of food, you need to protect yourself from pests. One of the hardest pests to keep out is bed bugs. If you have or think you have a bed bug problem, give No Bull Bed Bug Control a call today for a bed bug treatment. We’re the bed bug exterminators you need in Utah.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that are normally a red or brown color. They’re smaller than a penny, so you may have a hard time seeing them. These bugs live off of human and animal blood, and they can be found all over the country and world.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

Bed bugs aren’t typically considered dangerous, as they don’t carry any diseases or sicknesses. However, their bites can be annoying, and some people may suffer an allergic reaction to the bites. These bugs will normally leave a small bite mark that’s noticeable after the person wakes up.

What Are Signs of Bed Bugs?

While the bugs are difficult to see, especially because they hide during the day, you can look for small exoskeletons or small, rust-colored spots on the sheets. You may also notice a sweet, musty smell around the bed.

Why Hire a Professional?

Bed bugs are insidious and a notorious pain to get rid of completely. They can affect anyone, no matter how clean you keep your home, and once they’re inside, they’re hard to eliminate. No Bull Bed Bug Control has the experience and equipment you need to permanently get rid of bed bugs.

We specialize in bed bug control, so we don’t just use a simple spray to handle the problem; we use a heat treatment system that can kill the bugs in as little as one day. We also avoid toxic or harmful chemicals, so your family and pets stay safe.

Call us today at 385-323-2266 for a free inspection.


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