After reading these alarming articles, I realized we might have our own bed bugs, so I did some research. This is what I found.
How can you tell if you have bed bugs?
Complaints of bites while sleeping - or waking up because you're uncomfortable...(hmmm no bites but definitely waking in the middle of the night around 4AM. I better read on.)
What should you do if you find beg bugs?
Be certain you have them. Compare pictures to confirm their identity.
What can you do to manage bed bugs?
Refer to the mgmt flow chart below.
Well, based on this chart, I've inspected our sleeping area. I did find two bugs. It tells me to compare them to the images of the traditional bug.
They dont seem to match the traditional bug, so according to the chart it tells me not to treat. For now I'll follow the chart's flow for preventative measures, and reduce clutter and restrict access to our bed. Possibly a large rail or deer fence might work.
This will hopefully keep out Bug One and Bug Two from appearing in our bed each night. It's been a revolving door lately now that Bug One is no longer in his crib.
I am thankful that these bugs don't bite, and are pretty cute. (Well, they do occassionally bite each other.)