Bed bugs generally hide in cracks and crevices during the day and come out to feed at night.
Bed bugs do not have nests like ants or bees but tend to hide in clusters.
Bed bugs prefer to hide close to where they feed and go back to the same hiding spot. They will crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal.
Most infestations start around beds and spread throughout a room and beyond.
Bed bugs usually bite people at night while they are sleeping.
The bites can occur on any exposed skin and the symptoms vary with the individual.
Some people develop an itchy welt or localized swelling, while others have little or no reaction.
Blood stains (black/red), spots of fecal material on upholstered furniture, sheets, pillows, mattress and box springs are also signs of infestation.
Live or dead bed bugs and their cast skins. Live bed bugs confirm an active infestation.
Unpleasant sweet musty odour may occur with a severe infestation.
During the early part of an infestation bed bugs are more likely to be found on boxsprings, upholstered furniture, mattresses and headboards. If allowed to multiply, they establish themselves behind baseboards, window and door casings, pictures. moldings, and in furniture, loosened wallpaper, and cracks in plaster and partitions.