Bed bugs are reddish-brown, small insects that are about the size and color of apple seeds. They are active mainly at night and hide during the day because they hate light exposure. They cannot jump or fly but they can run quickly. Bed bugs live within a few feet of where people sleep. They like to hide in mattress seams, box springs, couch cushions, dresser drawers or behind baseboards.
Although they have not been shown to spread disease, these tiny blood suckers can cause a lot of stress. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, and people have various responses to bed bug bites including itching, red spots and dry skin. The main signs of bed bugs infestation include: tiny white eggs in the crevices of your mattress and furniture, blood stains on your sheets from squashing the bugs, dark brown or black spots on your pillowcases and a musty odor in your room.
If you have found one of these signs, it is imperative that you act fast. Here are 5 expert tips to effectively get rid of bed bugs.