Bed bugs suck on your blood usually within an hour of dawn.
Don't believe the rumors, they can be seen.
They are flat reddish brown about 1/4 of an inch long and move the speed of an ant. If they are well fed by getting a good bunch of your blood, they live about 8 months and if starved, sleep for a year or more.
Turn on a flashlight about an hour before dawn and if you have them, you will likely see them scurry for a dark crevice such as under a sheet or behind the woodwork.
TO PREVENT THEM: Practice good housekeeping. Clean, vacuum, wash, sanitize, etc.
Check your luggage after your trip...that is how they usually travel.
Sanitize that used clothing you bought at the local yard sale.
DO YOU HAVE BED BUGS: If you have bites in the morning, probably. Another way to determine if you have them is to hire a pest handler with a dog that has been trained to smell an bed bug infestation. They do a very good job but get a quote first.
- Use a commercial glue traps to catch them. You can buy the traps locally.
- Use double sided tape around the bed or area. As they cross the tape they stick and you got em.
- Sanitize your sheets, clothes, etc to kill the unseen ones.
- Use neem oil from a tree found in India (look on the internet) and spread it around. Organic control does work.
- Use garden grade diatomaceous earth under your mattress. You can buy at a hardware store.
- Steam the bed bugs or spray them with rubbing alcohol.
- Deep freeze your bed linens and clothes for several days.
- Put the legs of the bed in cups of water or mineral oil.
- Professional Services: If you are unable to get rid of the bed bugs, or feel it is more than you can handle, call a professional pest control specialist. Their phone number is in your local directory. Or...you can find their contact information on their website on the internet.
After all of this, you can sleep well and itch no more.