Bedbugs get into your home by hitching a ride either on your clothes, luggage, pillows, boxes, furniture, personal belongings, etc. They hide in the small crevices just waiting for the perfect time to come out. You might not even notice them until weeks later.
Have you purchased something used from a garage sale or thrift shop? It is definitely possible that they were hiding in the cracks of the furniture item or in the buttons of the garments you brought home.If you live in an apartment building, they can travel room to room in the pipes and wire holes.
Bed bugs are most often found in the following places:
- movie theaters
- apartment complexes
- dorm rooms
- recreational areas
Bed bugs have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies brown in color have six legs, although their bodies redden after feeding. Full-grown bed bugs move relatively slowly and measure between 4 to 8 mm. Newly hatched nymphs are approximately the size of the head of a pin and are white or tan until they feed. They often are described as being about the size and shape of an apple seed or rice grain.When you look at an unfed bed bed, they appear round but after a good feeding, their bodies elongate to contain the blood and turn reddish-brown in color and about the same size as a lady bug.Although bed bugs are hard to find, they leave tell-tale signs such as odor and bites with the biggest sign being little black dots(their cast skins from empty shells and blood meal fecal spots composed of digested blood ) on your sheets or mattress.