How and where do I check for bed bugs?

They prefer to stay in close proximity to where they feed, so your mattress, box spring, bed frame, and headboard is where to start. They are reddish brown in color and similar in size to an apple seed.  If you notice that you have bumps along your feet and ankles, you will want to focus on the bottom areas and portions of your bed.  Strip all bedding to include any mattress pads or memory foam toppers, leaving the mattress and box spring completely bare and exposed.  Examine all seams, buttons, folds and tufts of your mattress and you may even need to remove the fabric batting on the underneath portion of your box spring. This should expose the most commonly used hiding spots for bed bugs.  They may not be limited to just your bed, so be sure to check your nightstands and dresser drawers as well.  Another place to search is on/in other areas where you either sit or sleep for long periods of time (futons, recliners, sofas, chairs, etc.), especially if you take any blankets or pillows from your bedroom to your couch or futon as this is how they may spread to other areas of the home.


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