How to Spot Bed Bugs in Long Island
Bed bugs may be tiny, but it’s important to know where to find them. To spot bed bugs, it’s important to look at the most common areas where they hide: mattresses and box springs, mattress tags, behind baseboards, and upholstered furniture.
There are several additional areas where bed bugs can be found:
- Mattresses and box springs
- Power outlets
Is It Easy to See Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are easy to see with the naked eye, but hard to spot. That’s because they’re very small, only about 5 mm long at most, and during the day they like to hide out of sight.
At night, they come out to feed. Bed bugs are also often mistaken for other common household pests like the carpet beetle. Sometimes you’ll notice tiny dark red spots (blood spots) on your bedding or your upholstery, or red raised bumps on your skin, before you see the bugs themselves.
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Where else do bed bugs like to hide?
Besides mattresses and bedding, bed bugs also like to hide in luggage, purses, and clothing. So many infestations start after returning from vacation – that’s because they were in the hotel, and they crawled into your suitcase.
Bed bugs also hide out in furniture: under the cushions and deep in the upholstery. That’s why it’s so important to be cautious when buying used furniture.
Where to Look for Bed Bugs on Long Island
Bed bugs will hide anywhere they can.
Aside from places like bedding, clothing, and luggage, bed bugs might also hide behind wallpaper, under rugs and carpets, inside cracks in walls, electrical outlets, and other tiny gaps around your home. They can be very creative with their hiding places.