Bed bugs can live anywhere in your home, but they prefer rough surfaces such as wood and fabric. Furniture is their favorite dwelling, especially mattresses, box springs and bed frames. They are brownish, flattened insects about the size of an apple seed as an adult. They are very active at night, preferring to feed on humans. Bedbugs leave telltale dark droppings on bedding or resting sites after they feed.
Gather up all suspected infested items such as bedding, clothing, towels and the like and place them all into the dryer for 15 minutes. It only takes five minutes at 113° F to kill all stages of bed bugs and their eggs. Vacuum your bed, furniture, cracks and crevices to pick up any bed bugs and eggs. Scrub down any surfaces that have signs of bed bugs such as stains or shed skin with hot soapy water. Caulk any cracks and crevices to eliminate their hiding places.