At night, most of us like to sleep soundly on our beds and enjoy a relaxing full eight-hour sleep.
Unfortunately, bed bugs love to feed in the dead of night.
Although it seems like a practical solution to track bed bugs at night when they are most active, it can be very hard and frustrating for most of us who are already beat up from a hard day's work.
In this guide, you will learn:
- Do bed bugs feed during the day?
- Where do bed bugs hide during the day?
- How to track and find bed bugs at day?
Do Bed Bugs Feed During The Day?
Bed bugs are known to be most active at night. They prefer to feed on humans when we are very still and sleeping soundly on our beds.
However, it doesn't mean that bed bugs don't feed during the day. In fact, the feeding behavior of these nuisance pests is quite unpredictable. Long story short, bed bugs feed whenever they are hungry and if there is an accessible host lying perfectly still on the bed.
Adult bed bugs feed only once a week. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you won't get bitten every night or every time you take a nap during the day for that matter.
If you are faced even with a mild bed bug infestation, chances are that you have several hundreds of them hiding in the cracks and crevices of your bedroom. A single female bed bug can lay five eggs a day and up to 500 throughout its lifetime.
With a bed bug infestation underneath your sheets, you are most likely to wake up with clusters of bed bug bites every morning. And what's even worse is that a single bed bug can bite multiple times in one feeding.
How To Track And Find Bed Bugs At Day?
As mentioned earlier, it's quite trickier and more challenging to find bed bugs at daytime. However, bed bug infestations can be very frustrating and can easily spiral out of control when not dealt with properly at the soonest time possible.
When you wake up in the morning with a series of bite marks on your body, it is best that you track and find the culprit during the day when the sun's light is still on your side. Yet still, it is recommended to secure a flashlight for hunting bed bugs in the corners of your bedroom that are not reached by sunlight.
The very first step in finding bed bugs during the day is to identify and track the signs they leave behind. These include the reddish stains on your mattress covers as a result of bed bugs being crushed while you were sleeping, bed bug droppings that are dark to reddish brown in color about the size of a dot from a marker, and adult bed bugs that are approximately as small as an apple seed.
In scouring the entire bedroom for bed bugs, it is best to have a plan as to which particular section should be inspected first and which specific corner should follow. This way, you will be able to maximize your effort without leaving any pillow or mattress unturned.
Where Do Bed Bugs Hide During The Day?
Now that you already know what to look for and how to do it, your next step would be finding out where bed bugs hide during the day. If you know where to look, you can save more time and act on the problem at hand more efficiently.
Although it's a known fact that bed bugs don't go farther than eight feet from their host, it doesn't necessarily mean that you won't find them in the nooks and crannies of your bedroom.
First and foremost, start with your bed. Pillow and mattress covers should be inspected first. Bed bugs are most likely found hiding along the crevices, seams, and underneath the tags of a mattress. You can also look for them on the cracks, corners, and headboard of your bed frame.
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Bed bugs can also be seen hiding inside the crevices of the wall nearest your bedroom as well as along the gaps of baseboards. Bed bugs are also found on various types of furniture inside the bedroom. These include chairs, couches, cabinets, dressers, and nightstands among many others.
In heavier infestations, bed bugs become indiscriminate in securing their hideouts. They can be seen clustering along the ceiling and wall junctions. There are also cases where bed bugs are cozying up inside electrical receptacles and outlets. In this case, we recommend seeking assistance from a professional electrician to avoid any accident.
The following video will give you more tips on where to find bed bugs.
Final Thoughts On Bed Bugs During The Day
Bed bugs exist wherever there is an accessible host. Their feeding behavior is quite unpredictable and they can strike even when you are just taking a quick nap in the morning or in the afternoon.
Looking for bed bugs require a great deal of light work since these pests are masters of hiding. This makes it even more important to do the task during daytime when you can employ sunlight as part of your arsenal. To effectively deal with a bed bug infestation and curb their population, you need to know when, where, and how to look.
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