Cimex lectularius After years of being almost eradicated, these distasteful bugs are now a growing problem in the United States, particularly in hotels. Increased international travel may be to blame, because the insects hitch rides in suitcases and clothing. They still infest homes where living conditions are unsanitary but also enter well-maintained residences on infested furniture and other items. Bedbugs hide during the day behind baseboards and in mattresses, upholstered furniture, cracks in the floor, bed frames, behind loose wallpaper, and under picture frames. These nocturnal pests are very active at night, even crawling from room to room. They crawl onto a sleeping person, pierce the skin, and suck the blood for several minutes. Bedbugs leave telltale dark excrement 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.