6 Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

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 Bed Bugs: Look Out for These 6 Signs of an Infestation

Bugs are never fun. Whether you’re talking about roaches, ants, mosquitoes, or just about anything else, no one likes dealing with bugs.



Some bugs are just a nuisance. Sugar ants may be annoying and unsightly, but they’re unlikely to cause you major discomfort. Other bugs, though, can be extremely troublesome. While we typically think of mosquitoes and fleas as the in-home pests that can cause itchy bites, there’s one culprit that can bug you even worse. We’re talking about bed bugs.

If you’ve ever spoken with anyone that’s dealt with a bed bug infestation, you know what a nightmare it can be. Getting rid of them can be a real challenge, and having them in the first place is awful.

Before you jump to any conclusions, though, it’s important to be sure that you’re actually dealing with bed bugs. Let’s take a look at the 6 most common signs of a bed bug infestation. If you do have bed bugs, you’ll need to reach out to a home pest control company in order to deal with the problem. 

1. Bites

bites close up-306607-editedOf all the signs related to a bed bug infestation, bites are probably the most obvious (and most common). Bed bug bites can be flat or raised, and are characterized by itchy, red spots that tend to show up in a zigzag or cluster. They’ll often appear on the chest, back, neck, feet, face, and hands. The bites can itch like crazy, and will sometimes bleed when scratched.


2. Bloodstains

Looking for bloodstains as a sign of an insect problem might sound extreme, but it’s true: bed bugs often draw blood, and the accompanying bloodstains can show up on pillowcases, comforters, and sheets. If you suspect bed bugs are causing your bites (as opposed to, say, fleas), take a look at your bed. See if you notice any blood stains on the linens. If so, bed bugs may be to blame. 

3. Fecal Staining

We know it’s gross, but we’ll be frank: bed bug fecal matter can and will show up in your bed. Look for tiny black or brownish stains on your bed. Don’t forget to check your mattress cover, along with the mattress itself.

4. Exuvia

As if leaving behind bloodstains and fecal matter wasn’t enough, bed bugs also shed their skin in your bed! This skin shedding habit is referred to as exuvia, and is readily detectable if you know what to look for. Pull back your sheets and inspect both your linens and mattress for tiny, 2.5 to 4.5mm bed bug shells. They’ll look a bit like tiny, empty kernels of popcorn.

5. Eggs

Another telltale sign of a bed bug infestation is the presence of their eggs in your bed. As with exuvia and fecal matter, you’ll want to pull back to sheets and check the crevices of your mattress as well as the linens themselves. Bed bug eggs are very tiny (around 1mm) and look somewhat like miniature grains of rice.

6. Odors

cilantroLast but not least, bed bugs often leave behind a recognizable odor. If you detect a sweet, almond- or cilantro-like odor, you could be dealing with bed bugs.



Bed Bug Infestation: What to Do

If you see any (or all!) of the above signs, it’s time to take action. The longer you wait, the harder it will become to eliminate bed bugs once and for all. The infestation won’t go away on its own, and it’s easy to spread them from one part of your home to another.

When you’re ready to get rid of bed bugs, contact Home Pest Control. We offer affordable, effective, and environmentally friendly in-home pest control services.

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June 5, 2018

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