Bed bugs are small pests that feed by sucking blood from humans or animals. Although they are called bed bugs, your mattress is not the only place they reside – they can live in any place inside your home with cracks and crevices, which is what makes the problem of an infestation even harder to detect. Here are some things you need to know even before checking your home for a bed bug infestation in order to do a proper pest control.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
1. Red, itchy bites
People often don’t consider bed bugs to be a problem until they’ve left their mark. Bed bugs bite people during the night since they are nocturnal creatures and it is hard to spot one during the daytime. If you wake up with red itchy spots on your hands, shoulders, legs, or neck, there might be a bed bug infestation in your home. Unlike bed bugs, fleas and chiggers tend to bite around the ankles, and this is an important difference if you have any doubts about the bites. Their bites are painless but can cause itching throughout the day, and sometimes lead to an infection.
2. Their hiding spots
Bed bugs are most commonly found in beds, including bed frames, mattresses, and box springs, so these areas are the first you should inspect. Their flattened bodies provide them the flexibility to fit into tiny spaces so, besides beds, they hide in night stands, edges of carpets, on textiles, corners inside dressers, cracks in the wall, and curtains. They usually hide within three to six feet of their feeding area. To find them, strip the sheets and blankets from your bed and examine your mattress and bed frame carefully, as well as the surrounding area. They are most commonly found near the corners and edges of the bed.
3. Visible signs
Bed bugs are not smart enough to clean the evidence of their bloodthirsty crimes, so look for cast bed bug skins, exoskeletons, and shells. Blood stains on your sheets or pajamas are also good visible indicators of a bed bug infestation.
4. Fecal stains
Bed bugs leave fecal stains on your bed. Bed bug droppings are usually black in color. If you wipe the fecal stains with a wet rag they are going to smear. So, bed bug droppings are a clear sign of an infestation.
5. Strong musty odor
Another common sign of a bed bug infestation is the unpleasant odor like that of a wet towel. These insects release pheromones, and when in large numbers, the smell can be quite strong.
Bed bugs are dangerous pests, if only because they reproduce so fast and are hard to notice. If only one female bed bug enters your home, it could take only six months for there to be 5,000 new bugs in only six months. A bed bug infestation definitely requires a professional pest control treatment since there is not much you can do by yourself, and anything you do try often does more harm than good.
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