The first sign of bedbugs may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders.
Bedbugs tend to leave straight rows or a zigzag pattern of bites (often grouped together), unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there. But this is not always the case.
Managing a bed bug infestation is a difficult task that requires removing or treating all infested material and follow-up monitoring to ensure the infestation has been eliminated. Management will require employing several nonchemical methods such as vacuuming, washing bedding at a high temperature, using steam or heat treatment, and sealing up hiding places. Keep clutter down, so it is easier to inspect and so bed bugs have fewer hiding places. Also, seal up cracks, crevices, and holes in bedding, furniture, and other potential hiding sites. It is much easier to manage a bed bug infestation when the population is small.
Insecticides may be required to eliminate serious infestations. In extreme cases proper help from a pest management agency should be sought.
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