Are you dealing with an infestation of unwanted bed bugs? Not sure how to make them come out of hiding so you can get rid of them?
I’m going to share some tips on how to make bed bugs come out of hiding, so keep on reading to find out more…
Why Is It Difficult To Spot Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are challenging to detect for several reasons. Primarily, their small size makes them experts at concealment.
Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, whereas nymphs can be as small as a pinhead.
Color: Reddish-brown, allowing them to blend into dark crevices and fabric.
Nocturnal: Bed bugs are active mainly at night, which often coincides with your sleeping hours.
Hiding Spots: They prefer cracks and crevices that provide protection and proximity to a host.
Common Hiding Places:
Behind wall hangings
In the head of screws
Behind loose wallpaper
Given their flat body shape, bed bugs can insert themselves into spaces as thin as a credit card.
This characteristic, along with their preference for staying close to their feeding grounds. Like your bed, which means that bed bugs can be mere inches from where you sleep. It’s difficult to detect them.
Visible Evidence: Often, bed bugs are not seen but detected through indirect signs. Like shed skins, fecal spots, or bites.
Natural Camouflage: Their coloration is conducive to hiding in the shadows. Making it difficult for you to spot them without a thorough search.
What Time Do Bed Bugs Come Out Of Hiding?
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects. You are most likely to encounter bed bugs during the night, particularly in the hours before dawn.
Their peak activity usually occurs between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM. This time frame correlates with the deepest stages of human sleep. Allowing bed bugs to feed unnoticed.
These critters are attracted to the carbon dioxide (CO2) you exhale and the warmth of your body.
However, bed bugs may alter their typical behavior and emerge during the day if they are hungry. Or if their population has grown large. This leads to competition for food sources.
The presence of bed bugs during daylight hours can mean you have a severe infestation.
To detect bed bugs, you can look out for several signs:
Reddish or rusty stains on your mattress or bedding, which could be crushed bed bugs
Dark spots, which are bed bug excrement that may bleed on the fabric like a marker
Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow
Live bed bugs, which are small, brownish insects with flat, oval-shaped bodies
Remember, bed bugs are adept at hiding, and you might not see them even if they are present.
They can hide in mattress seams, bed frames, behind wallpapers, or in other furniture.
Where Are The Best Hiding Places For Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are elusive creatures that prefer close proximity to their food source: you. Understanding their preferred hiding places is essential for detection and control.
Here are some common areas where bed bugs are likely to conceal themselves:
Mattresses and Box Springs: The seams, tags, and even inside the folds on your mattress and box spring provide ideal shelter for bed bugs.
Bed Frames and Headboards: Cracks and crevices within bed frames and headboards can be perfect for bed bugs to hide and lay eggs.
Furniture: They can burrow into the seams, joints, and under cushions of sofas and chairs, especially those used for regular sleeping.
Carpets and Baseboards: The edges of carpets and the gaps between baseboards and walls often harbor these pests.
How To Make Bed Bugs Come Out Of Hiding
Bed bugs are elusive creatures that prefer to hide close to their feeding areas. To effectively lure them out, follow these methods:
Using a Hair Dryer: Bed bugs are sensitive to heat. You can use a hair dryer on a high setting to heat infested areas, particularly around bedding, furniture seams, and any cracks in the bed frame.
Steam Cleaning: Similar to heat treatment with a hair dryer, a steamer can be effective on surfaces such as mattresses and furniture. Direct the steam onto the infested areas, maintaining the heat for some time to force bed bugs out and kill them.
Reduce Clutter: Bed bugs thrive in cluttered environments. Removing clutter decreases their hiding spaces. Ensure that clothes, especially dirty ones that might carry your scent, are kept in sealed bags until they can be washed.
Laundry: Wash your bedding and clothing at the highest temperature setting safe for the fabric. The heat will kill bed bugs and help draw out any that are hiding within the items.
Professional Pesticides: If you prefer chemical methods, consider contacting professional exterminators who can apply pesticides safely and effectively. They have access to treatments that target bed bugs without harming residents.
How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs You Cant See?
Discovering bed bugs that are adept at hiding requires a methodical approach. Early detection and treatment are vital to prevent a larger infestation.
Use Heat: Bed bugs are sensitive to heat. Employing a hair dryer can force them out of their hiding spots; set it on high and slowly go over potential hiding places.
Encasements: Place your mattress and box spring in protective encasements specifically designed to trap any unseen bed bugs and prevent new ones from entering.
Catching and Monitoring:
Interceptors: Install bed bug interceptors under the legs of furniture. These traps can catch bed bugs as they move to and from their hiding spots.
Glue boards: Place near suspected areas to capture any roaming bed bugs.
Inspect Regularly: Look in cracks and crevices, seams of your mattress, box spring, and bed frame. Use a magnifying glass and a flashlight to enhance visibility in these inspections.
Professional Help: If your efforts are unsuccessful, consider hiring a pest control professional. They have access to commercial-grade pesticides. They also have comprehensive strategies to detect and treat the infestation.
How Long Can Bed Bugs Go Undetected?
The duration they can remain undetected hinges on various factors. Including the severity of infestation and environmental conditions.
Bed Bug Lifecycle:
Eggs: Hatch within 1 to 2 weeks.
Nymphs: Multiple stages; need blood meal to progress; can appear transparent if unfed.
Adults: Can live several months to about a year in favorable circumstances.
Their ability to stay hidden is further enhanced by their behavioral patterns:
Nocturnal: Most active at night, which coincides with your sleeping hours.
Feeding Duration: Only come out to feed on your blood for about 5 to 10 minutes and then retreat.
Small Size: Adults are about the size of an apple seed; nymphs are smaller.
Slow Reproduction: Early infestations grow slowly, so signs are less obvious.
Quiet Nature: Bed bugs don’t make noise, so you won’t hear them move around.
Clutter: More hiding places make it easier for bed bugs to go unnoticed.
Room Occupancy: Infrequently used rooms may harbor undetected bed bugs longer.
Regular inspection and early intervention are crucial. Look for subtle signs like small blood spots, shed skins, and a musty odor. These could show the presence of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are great at hiding, and you may not see them even when they’re present. Knowing where they’re likely to be hiding can help you spot them.
Common bed bug hiding places include mattresses, box springs, bed frames, furniture seams, carpets, and baseboards.
Bed bugs come out of hiding primarily during the night – usually between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM. This coincides with the deepest stages of human sleep which allows them to eat unnoticed.
To draw out any hidden bed bugs, consider using heat treatment. Using a hair dryer or steamer on infested areas. Also, reduce clutter to decrease their hiding spaces. Wash your bedding and clothing at high temperatures.