Though very few persons may consider the need to identify a bedbug infestation as trivial, the discomfort and implications of having bedbugs in the house cannot be regarded as inconsequential.
In this article, we will discuss what bed bug poop is and how to spot it. Wherever it is in your home, it will be found. If finding bed bug poop suggests that you’ve got bed bugs, then learning to identify bed bug poop will be the first step to eliminating them.
After bed bugs feed, they leave behind fecal matter of their partly digested blood. This fecal matter might indicate that you were bitten in your sleep, though it does not confirm this.
Bed bug poop are seen as clusters of little spots on your bed, this could also be as a result of the bugs vomiting partially digested blood. To confirm an infestation, you must carefully look out for these signs when changing bedding and cleaning the house especially when you return home after staying away for some time.
- Live bed bugs moving or immobile on surfaces.
- Eggshells or eggs: The shells are tiny, usually about 1mm, brownish yellow skins that bedbug nymphs shed as they grow bigger.
- Rust colored or dark reddish stains on mattresses or bed sheets from spilled digested blood from crushed bedbugs.
- Dark spots from bed bug excrement that could color the fabric like a marker.
Just as their names imply, bedbugs are commonly seen around the corners, edges and surface of the bed. This includes underneath the sheets and within the creases of the pad. When there is a serious invasion, bedbugs can also get to:
The head and edges of a screw.
Loose wall paper hangings.
In the edges of chairs, between cushions, and in the folds of curtains.
In drawers and at the edges where the ceiling meet with the wall.
Feeding habits of bedbugs.
Blood: Bedbug mainly feeds on human blood but may also feed on the blood of other mammals and birds. After feeding, the bedbug’s back appears raised, but if they haven’t ingested food, their back is seen to be flat.
Bugs can travel as far as 20 feet from their home, harborage, to feed on a host. Though they feed mostly at night, day time feeding is still possible. The feeding time may last as long as 12 minutes.
Do bedbugs have a tough shell?
Like all insects, a bedbug’s skeleton is on the skin of its body (exoskeleton). They molt, or shed their skeletal outsides, as they grow and therefore the shells they leave behind are known as casings.
Bed bugs lifestyle.
Bed bugs aren’t seasonal pests like mosquitoes or ants and may take up residence in your homes or offices within any time of the year. They can survive temperatures as low as 7°C (46°F), but would die if their body temperatures reaches 45°C (113°F).
Though not a seasonal insect that tends to thrive or die out at certain times within the year.
Surveys show that bed bugs are in higher numbers throughout the summer months.
Specialists explain that people tend to do a lot of traveling throughout the summer and keep in new hotels/motels. Also, public transportation use may increase within the summer months; thus, raising the chance for bed bugs being transmitted from location to location.
How to Removing Bedbugs:
Use of Insecticides:
There are several insecticides in the market that are potent in removing bedbugs. As a matter of fact, most insecticides in the market will kill bedbugs if applied properly. Tea tree oil is a natural anti bedbug agent.
Remove or reduce Clutter:
Remove items that could serve as hiding place and breeding grounds for the bugs. This could be stuffed animals, soft toys, blankets and electronics. Be careful not to transfer the bedbug to other areas of the house
Launder Infested Garments and Linens:
Since it is not advised to treat infested clothing with chemical insecticides, soak them in hot water, (120 degrees Fahrenheit minimum before washing).
Dismantle Bed Frames:
Dismantle bed frames to exposes their hiding place in infested areas. Spray with insecticide and carefully clean the edges and crevices of these bed parts.
Remove Dresser Drawers:
Remove drawers from desks for spraying with insecticides and cleaning. Also, turn furniture over and remove all hanging furniture from the wall to inspect and clean all hiding spots.
Caulk and Seal
Seal all holes and fill up cracks around baseboards and molding where bedbugs could hide.
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