Bed bugs are among the smallest pests that can plague a home. Not only do they cause annoying, itchy bite marks, but when these areas are scratched, they can also bring about skin infections. They are typically very difficult to spot, so utilize the following tips to help you pinpoint the presence of bed bugs in your home:
What Does a Bed Bug Look Like?
A bed bug is approximately the size and shape of an apple seed—small, flat, and oval-shaped. It is no wonder they are hard to spot! The life cycle of a bed bug progresses from an egg to a nymph and, finally, an adult bed bug. They can hide within any crack or crevice of a home but prefer the seams of mattresses and box springs, where they have easy access to humans, yet remain protected. They can also be found behind baseboards, in electrical outlets, and under door frames. Should you spot an adult bed bug, or tiny rice grain-like eggshells, you can be almost certain that bed bugs have infested your home. Spotting a bed bug is a rare occurrence for most homeowners who are unaccustomed to the ways of these teeny-tiny bugs. Fortunately, there are other tell-tale signs of bed bug infestation that you can rely on so that you can know for sure that it’s time to connect with a bed bug exterminator.
Have You Been Bitten?
Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood and are, therefore, likely to bite you or your pets should they be present in your home. Their bite marks tend to be focused in areas that are exposed while you sleep, such as your neck, arms, feet, and face. The bite marks can sometimes be found in clusters or zig-zag patterns and are typically not painful—but they do itch! The size of the bite mark can depend upon your body’s unique reaction to it.
Are Your Sheets Stained?
Active bed bugs that venture across your mattress can be crushed underneath your weight as you toss and turn at night. This produces small rust-colored spots or streaks. If you spot something along those lines, you will want to ensure that you do not have any small open wounds that might have produced these stains instead. Smaller, darker felt tip-like stains are produced by bed bug excrement and tend to smear when wiped with a wet cloth. Remember to inspect not only your sheets but your mattress and its seams as well.
Do You Smell a Strange Odor?
Despite their underwhelming size, a large group of bed bugs can give off a noticeable odor. They bear scent glands that produce an offensive smell whenever they are endangered or disturbed. The odor is musty and, if detectable, indicates a large and problematic bed bug infestation.
Are You at Risk?
These tell-tale signs of bed bug infestation should be taken even more seriously if you are at risk of having bed bugs. If your friends or neighbors have recently experienced issues with bed bugs in their homes, there is a likelihood that you could have brought a few home with you after your last visit. If you have recently purchased a second-hand piece of furniture, you are also at risk of a bed bug infestation.
NOTE: This article was written by the Halstead Media Group. Led by husband and wife team, Anna and Corey, Halstead Media brings an incredibly effective balance of landscape industry background, small business knowledge and Fortune/Global 500 experience to landscape architecture firms, landscape design/builds and building products manufacturers.
April 19, 2019