Learn More About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can be identified by their oval-shaped, flat bodies, reddish-brown color, and broad heads. They are generally between 1/8 of an inch and 3/16 of an inch. After feeding, adults will generally swell slightly and turn a blood-red color.
Bed bugs can hide just about anywhere in your home—in your mattress, box spring, nightstand, drawers, and more. Unfortunately, there are also many different places they can be picked up: movie theaters, restaurants, schools, taxis, and even new clothing can have bed bugs hiding in them. There’s a misconception that you need to be dirty to attract bed bugs, but that’s not necessarily the case; bed bugs will latch onto anyone, and once you bring them to your home, they can be tough to get rid of.
To avoid bed bugs, try not to purchase and bring in used furniture. In addition, reducing clutter can give them fewer places to hide. Try to avoid some of the most common places where bed bugs can be picked up; that way, you can avoid potentially bringing them into your home.