Bed bugs often become a major problem after the holiday season. Why, you might wonder? Well, bed bugs are hitchhikers and are often spread through transportation, one person or pet at a time. With family and friends regularly visiting during the holiday season, or from those winter vacation trips you might take, often bed bugs are brought right into your home. Once bed bugs infest your home, you may begin to notice signs of the intrusion. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control will share the signs of a bed bug infestation.
Signs of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are a common problem during the summer season and holidays. As people come to your home or while you visit other places, it is all too easy to pick up a small group of bed bugs where they can breed and shortly infest your home. In the beginning, you may not notice bed bugs in your home. But as their population expands, signs may become more obvious. Here are some of the general signs of bed bugs.
Bug Bites – Bed Bugs prefer human hosts. They also feed on the blood of many mammals. However, humans are the prime targets. Since humans don’t have thick, fur, or hard skin, we are easier pickings. Bed Bugs, when they feed on a person, will leave either a linear trail of bug bites or a cluster of bug bites in the same area. As Bed Bugs continue to feed on a host multiple bite clusters will appear on the body.
Stains on Bedding – Stains on the bedding are another clue as to a bed bug presence. Have you seen reddish brown spots that stain bedding? If so, this occurs when a bed bug has finished feeding and then got crushed. The blood they fed on will stain the bedding. Dark brown or black spots that are sprinkled over your bedding or even upholstery or carpet are bed bug excrement. Bud Bugs excrement usually indicates they are not very far away.
Seeing Bed Bugs – Physical signs such as discovering eggs, or shed skin flakes from the nymphs indicate bed bugs. However, both the nymphs and the eggs are very small and are light pale colors that usually take a magnifying glass to see them. Another obvious sign of course, is seeing adult bed bugs. Adult bed bugs are small. They are only about the size and shape of an apple seed. Adult bed bugs are dark brown in color. Bed bugs have a big abdomen, little head, tiny legs and they are very flat which helps them hide. Bed bugs hide during the day and come out at night to feed. In most cases you may have to search for bed bugs unless you come across them while cleaning.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found?
Bed bugs can be spread throughout the entire house. However, they are primary located in bedrooms and living rooms where people have the tendency to sit still for long periods of time. Often it will take a professional bed bug inspection to determine if and how bad the bed bug infestation is. Additionally, in order to treat a bed bug infestation, it will take a professional pest control company to come and treat your entire home with either chemicals, or more popular, heat treatments.