It can be distressing to find that your home is infested with bed bugs. Bed Bugs can enter your home through luggage, clothing, used furniture and other items. Once they are brought into your home, they tend to live in groups in hiding places. Initially they hide in mattresses where they have easy access to bite, however they can begin to infest other areas of your home. Bed Bugs are extremely difficult to remove. A single female can lay up to 12 eggs each day, and an infestation can happen before you realize you even have a problem.
Bed bugs can be difficult to spot. They are nocturnal, so finding them during the day can be quite tricky. Their favorite hiding spots tend to be the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains, under wall hangings, and inside appliances. They are about the width of a credit card; therefore, they can easily squeeze though very small spaces.
5 Signs That You May Have A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Home:
Red, Itchy Spots, EVERYWHERE
Bed bugs are nocturnal and feed at night while you are asleep. It is unlikely you will wake from a bite, because bed bugs inject an anesthetic before feeding, which prevents you from feeling it. The bites are normally found near blood vessels on the hands, legs, neck and arms.
Your Pillowcase and Sheets are Stained with Droplets of Blood.
When feeding on humans, bed bugs inject an anticoagulant to help the blood flow more freely. Doing so will cause a blood droplet to form at the feeding site which then transfers to your sheets or pillowcase. If you wake up to find mysterious blood spots in your bed, you might consider a bed bug inspection.
You Notice Rust Colored Spots on Your Mattress.
Besides the blood spots, bed bugs often leave behind fecal stains. These spots have an unpleasant odor and may smear if you touch them. These stains won’t necessarily be limited to bedding — you may also see them on your walls, especially behind pictures or in corners. On hard surfaces, fecal stains may look more like small black spots that looks similar to black pepper.
You Find Discarded Bed Bug Skins
As a part of the life-cycle of a bed bug they shed their skin. Once cast aside, the skin is tan in color, often found in the areas you might find bed bugs themselves. Such areas include mattress creases, furniture seams, and along baseboards.
The Bed Bugs Start to Show Themselves.
Occasionally, you might see the actual bed bugs and not just the things they leave behind. Adult bed bugs are relatively flat and oval. These light brown insects have six legs but no wings. After a blood meal, they usually become a bit swollen and darker brown. Mature adult bed bugs bed bugs are roughly the size of an apple seed (about ¼ inch long).
We highly recommend that you hire a pest control company if you notice any of these signs or if you suspect that Bed Bugs have infested your home. Contact the Professionals at Beebe’s Pest and Termite Control right away. We will inspect your home for bed bugs and identify and treat if an infestation is present. Beebe’s Pest & Termite Control will get rid of your Bed Bug infestation for good.
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