Signs of a Bed Bug Problem
Envision suddenly waking up from your relaxing night of sleep to the sensation of yourself being engulfed in one giant itch. Then you begin to wonder if your cat picked up a few fleas from the mangy cat from the park. Then you consider “could it be bed bugs.” Underneath is variety of things to look for to verify if you’ve got bed bugs.
First things first, what does a bed bug look like? Adult bed bugs are brown and round, kind of like an oval shape. While a bed bug might only be a few millimeters tall the can reach up to a quarter of an inch in length. They are about as flat as a credit card. After feeding a bed bug will be redder and larger both in length and in girth.
Of course been able to identify doesn’t do much good if you can’t find them. Here are a few of the spots bed bugs might be.\We now need to locate the bed bugs. The following are some possible locations might be hiding. First place to look is cloth furniture where people with come into contact the most, such as sofas, chairs, and mattresses. Especially look in the seams of and underneath mattresses and cushions. Other spots to look are the folds of curtains, electrical outlets, and where walls meet each other or where walls meet the ceiling or floor. You might want to invest in some latex gloves if you think you’re going to come in contact with bed bugs.
So you didn’t find any bed bugs, time to relax. Wrong, there is still a chance you have bed bugs. Make sure to also check for signs of bed bugs. The sight of dark rusty colored stains are an indicator as are clear empty shells of bed bug larva. Small red stains on your bedding, chairs or sofa could be blood from being bitten by bed bugs.
Allergic reactions and bug bites from insects other than bed bugs can wrongly be misinterpreted as signs of bed bugs so be careful not to over react if you see what appears to be bites over your body. If you see signs of bug bites coupled with other evidence of bed bugs previously mentioned this can be an indication of a bed bug infestation.
If you believe that your home is infested with bed bugs call a professional exterminator to check. While it might be possible for you to exterminate the bed bugs by yourself if the infestation is small enough, you still might not be able to kill them all and in a few weeks or months you”re back to where you started. Covered in bite marks and looking for solutions.