Bed bugs in drawers is a common thing in homes infested by these pests. A dresser drawer is one of their favorite hiding places.
They can easily hide, live, and thrive in any wooden furniture, especially those that provide them dark places.
So, drawers, wardrobe, closets, wooden kitchen cabinets, wooden bed frames are some of the ideal hiding places for bud begs.
If your baby has bed bug bites then chances are that bed bugs from the drawer or wardrobe have infested your baby’s clothing too.
So, the question is, how do bed bugs get to your drawer?
Here’s how. If you put any fabric from a bed bug-infested place inside the drawer, then you transfer the bed bugs into the drawer.
No one does it intentionally, because pests are the last things in our mind when we’re going through our day.
And the most apparent drawer where the bed bugs can live in your bedroom dresser drawer.
You keep bed sheets, linen, clothes, socks in the wooden bedroom dresser. So, the chances of bed bugs living in your drawer or bedroom dresser are huge.
How to identify bed bugs in your drawer?
It’s always good to find bed bugs early before the infestation becomes severe. Bed bug pest treatment is costly and can take more than a day.
But the hard part is that bed bugs are tough to find if you don’t know how to look for them.
Here’s how you could identify the presence of bed bugs inside your wooden dresser drawer –
- Red stains on your bedsheets caused by the crushing of bed bugs. Those red stains are stains of your blood because bed bugs suck blood.
- Little dark dots on your bed sheet, clothes in your wardrobe, or fabrics like curtains are bed bug poop. These are also signs of bed bug infestation. Pest poop or excrement is a strong sign of infestation, including termite infestation.
- Bed bug shells or shed skins. Yes, bed bugs shed their skin as snakes do.
If your drawer has bed bugs, then you’ll find the second and third signs of their presence. These signs of bed bug infestation are not only limited to your drawer but also your entire home.
The second sign of bed bug presence in your home is bed bug bite marks on your skin.
And how do bed bugs bite marks look like?
The bites look like chunks of red spots or a wavy pattern of jagged red lines on your skin.
Especially on those areas of your skin that are exposed while you’re sleeping. The bitten areas on your skin itches and burns a lot.
The sensation of bed bug bites is not like that of bitten by mosquitoes. Bed bug bites feel like they’re pinching you rather than stinging you.
So, what should you do if a bed bug bites you?
If you’ve got a prominent swelling with pus coming out of it or any allergic reaction, the best thing to do is see a dermatologist.
If the bite isn’t that severe, then you can wash the bitten area with warm water mixed with antiseptic liquid, like Band-aid antiseptic wash.
But, if you’ve any other kinds of pest infestation at your home, then chances are those may not be bed bug bites. Also, not everyone reacts to bed bug bites. So, if you’re one of those people, then you won’t have any bed bug bite marks on your body.
How to get rid of bed bugs from your drawer?
Bed bug infestation is a severe pest infestation. You should immediately contact a pest controller to deal with the matter.
But here’s what you can do, for now, to get rid of bed bugs from your drawer:
- Remove all the clothes and fabric from your drawer.
- Don’t mix the clothes with any other fabric or clothes in your home. If you do, then you’ll pass on the bed bugs to other garments or fabric. Keep the clothes in a separate laundry bin or bins.
- Spread some baking soda or bleach inside the drawer. Baking soda is effective in killing bed bugs and fleas.
- Lock the drawers. Don’t open them for at least 24 hrs.
- Vacuum clean the drawers the next day.
- Wash all the clothes and fabric that were inside the drawer. Please don’t put these clothes anywhere else, like in your closet, till you’ve washed them.
Bed bugs can live in your drawer. But as they are hard to spot, look for the three signs of infestation mentioned in this post to. If you find any of these bed bug signs, contact your trusted pest control company as soon as possible.
Do you want to some DIY ways to get rid of bed bugs? If yes, then check out our post on getting rid of bed bugs.
There’re some cool hacks that you can use right away and eliminate bed bugs from your home without breaking your bank account.
Also, if you want to find bed bugs on your own, then check out our guide on how to find bed bugs during the day.
We’re Mark and Jim, and we’re retired pest controllers who made homes pest-free for more than three decades. We, along with our team of experts, founded this site to give you the pest control hacks that work.