Bed bugs are tiny insects that can invade your entire home, not to mention entire office buildings and cities. They reproduce and multiply quickly, causing them to infestate areas fast, mostly without ever being noticed. Although they don’t cause much destruction or carry disease, they do bite and cause skin irritations. Plus, nobody wants to sleep in a bed that is crawling with bugs (literally). So, how can you know if you have them? Here are a few telltale signs that you have a bed bug infestation on your hands.
Although bed bugs are extremely hard to spot with the naked eye because of how small they are, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Inspect the cracks and crevices of your mattress, couch, curtains, and any other furniture upholstery for dark spots, or bed bug skin. Their feces tends to look like coffee grounds, and their bodies are about ¼ inch long. You can also spot their eggs by their yellowish, pale color.
If you do spot any bugs, feces, or eggs, contact a professional pest control company immediately to properly treat the infestation. Bed bugs can be a stubborn pest to get rid of depending on how large the infestation is.
Another way to know if you have bed bugs, is to check your body for small red bites. Bed bugs feed off of you, so if you wake up with a new red and itchy bite, you more than likely have bed bugs. While fleas could also be a culprit of bites in the middle of the night, they tend to look very different from bed bug bites. Bed bug bites are usually in a straight line as well.
Check the skin of yourself and your loved ones frequently. Bed bug bites affect different people in different ways. Some may not have a reaction at all, while others may experience irritated and inflamed skin.
We mentioned bed bug eggs a little bit above, but let’s go more into detail about live bed bug eggs and where to look. Bed bugs tend to lay eggs and fecal matter in hidden spots such as behind your headboard, behind chipped or peeled paint, in screw holes and between cracks in the wood of your bed frame, in the cracks and crevices of your mattress and other furniture. If you suspect you have an infestation, looking in these places can be a good start to finding live or recently hatched eggs.
Bed bugs do not like heat, so a quick way to get them out of your bedding is to wash with soap in hot water. Then call a professional bed bug exterminator to help control the infestation and remove them completely from your home.