Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. These pests are experts at hiding and can be difficult to spot. If you think you may have bed bugs, it’s important to check for signs of infestation. Here are eight signs to look for.
1. Small red bites or welts that appear after bedtime
It’s common for bed bugs to hide in tight spaces like the folds of your mattress and sheets. When you sleep, they may feed on your skin, causing these tiny red bumps or welts. These bites are usually painless, but they can itch. Bed bug bites typically appear as one or more small, red marks or blisters on exposed areas like the neck, scalp, face, armpits, and groin. Bed bugs can also bite during the day, and you may not even be aware of them.
2. Unusual bites or blood
Bed bugs often don’t leave a visible bite mark. They prefer to bite at night while you’re sleeping, so you may not even feel their bite. Bed bugs usually feed on the soft tissue under your skin, especially the blood vessels and lymph nodes. If you do get bitten, you may feel a small puncture or two and see some small red marks or welts. These marks may itch, but they rarely itch as much as a mosquito bite.
If you experience an unusually heavy infestation, or multiple bites from an infested home, it’s possible that bed bugs are also feeding on your blood. This would cause you to experience symptoms similar to those of a viral infection, such as fever, chills, headache, and fatigue. Bed bug bites are typically painless unless the bite begins to swell, in which case they may itch significantly.
To help prevent blood-feeding by bed bugs, you should avoid using public beds and infested furniture, and wear gloves when cleaning public places.
3. Bedding infested with bed bugs or their dried excrement
When you spot bed bugs on your bedding, it’s important to act quickly. Vacuuming your mattress and box spring is a good way to remove bed bugs from your home. If you spot bed bugs on other items, like furniture or rugs, use a wet towel or cloth to remove them. Cloth or paper towels should be placed around the perimeter of the area to be treated since bed bugs can crawl several feet with their feet.
4. Evidence of an infestation in your home
Inspect all the places you sleep and spend time in every day, including:
Your bed and pillows Couches, sofas, chairs, and other furniture in your home Bathroom, kitchen, and closet areas Workspaces and vehicles used for work or school living spaces of family members If you notice any signs of an infestation, contact a pest control company for assistance.
5. Excessive scratching
People with bed bugs may scratch a lot at night, which can cause irritation and lead to secondary infections. Bed bug bites typically don’t itch, but they can leave behind small red marks. You may also see small blood spots where the bed bug has fed.
6. Clutter and disorganization
If you have an infestation in your home, it’s likely that you’ll experience a lot of clutter and disorganization in the affected areas. You may also find that you’re spending less time in the affected areas.
7. Neglected appearance
Many people with bed bugs neglect their appearance because they’re too busy trying to avoid being bitten. Bed bugs do not transmit disease, so there’s no need to be concerned about hygiene. But your home may start to look messy and unkempt, especially if you’re trying to avoid getting bitten.
8. Blood spots on your sheets and other items
Bed bugs typically feed at night, so you may notice blood spots on your sheets at that time. You may also notice small red spots on clothing and bedding, which are the result of bed bug bites. If you live in a cold climate, these bites may look like small brown or black dots, or they may look like tiny, flat bumps.
Because bedbug eggs cannot be destroyed, they must be eliminated in two stages. First, our experts search for bedbug hiding places and inject them with cutting-edge chemicals. After 15 days, they kill freshly hatched bed bugs and make sure that none are present throughout the post-treatment period. This method of bedbug extermination is hygienic and clean.
Avoid this blood-seeking creature with the below tips:
- Dry off after washing clothes, drapes, linens, and beds in hot water.
- A firm brush will help you get rid of bedbugs and their eggs from beds.
- Regularly vacuum the space around the mattresses.
- To prevent bedbugs from escaping or entering mattresses, cover them with tightly woven, zippered covers.
- To get rid of bedbug hideouts, patch holes and crevices and reattach peeling wallpaper.
- De-clutter the area around your home.