How to Spot Bed Bugs

You’re hoping it’s not a bed bug!

Bed bugs are tiny wingless insects that feed exclusively on blood. Oftentimes, people associate a bed bug infestation with a dirty home. However, that isn’t the case. Even the cleanest of homes can have bed bugs. Another thing to consider is that the bed bugs aren’t found in just your bed. They can be found any number of different places, such as along the floorboards, in your couch, on your drapes and in the carpeting. Many times, bed bugs are transported into homes from somewhere else, such as a hotel that had a bed bug problem.

If you aren’t sure whether you have bed bugs or not, there are a few things that you need to be on the lookout for. In the event you find one of these things below, you might want to turn to a pest control specialist who can come in and get rid of the problem for you.

Stains on your bedding or mattresses.

One of the things you need to be on the lookout for are a bunch of stains on your bedding or mattress. Red stains are often an indication that the bed bug recently fed before it was killed. The stains often appear because you roll over the bed bugs and kill them while you sleep, thus swishing them and causing a stain to be left behind.

Black stains could be an indication that they fed quite some time ago and are digesting the blood through their system. You will often find a bunch of black spots in one area. This is their fecal matter. Fecal spots aren’t going to wipe away. If you try to wash them off with a wet wipe or towel, it will cause them to smear and make the problem worse.

You wake up with bites on your body.

If you go to bed fine and wake up with bites on your body, that often means that something is attacking you while you sleep. There is no reason why you should wake up with bites on your body when you went to bed fine. These tiny red bumps could be an indication that you need to look for bed bugs in your home. Just because you tried looking for the bed bugs and couldn’t find them, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs lead a very secretive lifestyle and will do whatever it takes to remain hidden out of sight. This is why you need a trained professional to come in and perform the inspection for you to determine what the root of the problem is in your home.

Yellow colored shell casings are appearing everywhere.

In the event you find a bunch of yellow shell casings in your bed and under the mattress, you might be dealing with bed bugs. As these creatures grow and mature, they will shed their outer skin to pave way for their ever-growing bodies. These tiny shells are often hard to see. You could have just a few or there could be a whole group of them all in one spot. Anytime you notice these remnants appearing around your home, you need to have the problem looked at to figure out if it relates to bed bugs or something else.

To help you put an end to your bed bug problem and regain control of your home, you need to turn to a licensed pest control specialist. These professionals know what it takes to come in and get rid of the problem quickly and effectively. Don’t leave your health and home to chance. Eliminate bed bugs today.

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