1. It is only when a bug bites that people recognize their presence. Those small, red areas on the arms and legs are telltale signs that these nocturnal creatures have feasted on one’s blood. The insects also leave trails of blackish or reddish marks on the mattress and pillows due to blood spillage.

2. Being active in the night, the best time to trace them is when they are ready to return into their hiding, which is usually between four and six in the morning. It is not difficult to spot a common bedbug: it is no larger than a flea and their skin color is red to reddish to brown.

3. Because bed bugs are a nuisance, early handling of the problem is advised. Informing the superintendent of the apartment building or the landlord is the essential first step, along with alerting the neighbors.

4. Professional pest control services can do the trick. At the same time, it is best to launder one’s clothing and dry them out at high temperature (the thermal death point for bed bugs is 45 deg C).

5. The mattress, box spring and pillows need special attention, as these are where the bed bugs hide. Synthetic wraps with zip or seal may be purchased from outlets such as “Bed Bath” or “Beyond” for use as cover. For good measure, the zippers may be further sealed with duct tape.

6. Escaping from the bed bugs by shifting from the regular bed to the couch might not be a good idea. The bugs will simply follow you!

7. To be on the safe side, it is always better to store all fabric into bags that can be sealed and resealed.

8. A place infested with bed-bugs requires chemical treatment by the professional exterminator, conducted usually across a couple of sessions. In the gap between the sessions, one may consider spraying rubbing alcohol into crevices where the bugs usually collect.

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