If you think you may have a bed bug infestation but you are not 100% sure, you need to read this article. Knowing what to look for and where to look for signs of bed bugs is essential so that you can deal with the problem quickly.
The very first sign of bed bugs is often bites, bed bugs are nocturnal and will attack at night while you sleep. As they suck your blood they release an anticoagulant substance which helps the blood flow more readily and it is this which causes the reaction. So, if you are getting out of bed in the morning with itchy red welts or a rash on exposed areas of skin – most likely the face, arms legs etc. there is a high possibility you could have bed bugs. However, there are a high number of people who have no reaction at all to bed bug bites meaning that an infestation could potentially get out of control before any signs of bed bugs are discovered.
Signs Of Bed Bugs To Look For:-
1. Check the bedding – if a bed bug has just finished feeding and gets squashed as you move in your sleep it will burst! Disgusting, but true! Therefore another sign of bed bugs is often blood smears on sheets you may also find the bed bug.
2. Bed bugs love to hide away during the day and a favorite place is of course the bed. Strip off all the bedding, check the mattress – particularly at the seams, in creases and around handles and buttons. You may well find live bed bugs or you may find dark faecal markings which have been left behind or you may notice small translucent eggs which are about the size of a grain of rice attached to the mattress. All of these things are a sure sign of bed bugs. The headboard and box springs are also favored by the bugs so be sure to check these too.
3. Moving away from the bed, these little vampires can travel quite a distance so don’t be fooled into thinking that they are just in your bed. You need to check the whole room. Check any cracks and crevices around the walls and floors, in closets, drawers, electrical sockets, smoke alarms, picture frames and soft furnishings. Again the main sign of bed bugs if no live specimens are found are the dark faecal marks, dead bed bugs, shed skins or eggs.
4. Don’t forget to thoroughly check clothing – in pockets, under collars, in shoes. Bed bugs like to catch a ride to their next location so if you are not careful you will carry them to the office, the store, they have even been found in schools!
If you uncover signs of bed bugs as I have described and you have checked all the locations possible you can categorically say you have a bed bug infestation and it is time for action.!