How to Tell If You Have a Bed Bug Problem
February 4, 2019
Bed bugs are not like your typical pests. They do not run under your feet in the kitchen while you are making breakfast. They don’t buzz around your head and threaten you with a stinger. And they don't get inside your attic and make thumping noises. No, instead, bed bugs prefer to remain unseen, hidden in places where they can easily access food after the sun goes down. At first, this may not seem like such a bad thing, but, considering that a bed bug’s main source of food is our blood, this definitely raises a little more of a concern. This may leave you wondering, "How can I tell if my home has a bed bug problem?" Well, here are some places to start!
Telltale Warning Signs Bed Bugs Leave Behind
Though bed bugs are adept at keeping themselves hidden, they are much less adept at hiding the signs they leave behind. It is these signs that usually give bed bugs away.
Bed bug bites: When bed bugs bite, they can sometimes cause a reaction on the skin of their victims. Visual signs include small, red, raised welts with an associated rash. Nonvisual signs include itchiness around areas of bites.
Blood stains: When bed bugs feed during the night, they often leave behind little dribbles of blood. If you have a bed bug infestation, you will find these rusty, reddish-brown dribbles around areas where you sleep.
Fecal matter: Another telltale sign bed bugs leave behind is their fecal matter. This will appear as small dark spots. These will also be found around areas where you sleep.
Eggs: Bed bugs will commonly lay their eggs in cracks and crevices around areas where they have infested. These eggs are roughly 1mm in size, appear white in color, and are almost transparent.
Bed bug casings: When bed bugs grow, they go through several stages of development. When they do this, they leave behind yellowish casings (shed skin).
Live bed bugs: The most surefire sign that your home has a bed bug infestation is if you are seeing live, tiny, reddish brown, oval-shaped bed bugs crawling around.
Treating Bed Bugs Alone
Because of bed bugs ability to hide from treatment, DIY methods more often than not fall short. Cleaning areas of infestation just cause bed bugs to flee into wall voids and out of the reach of treatments, which can make fully eliminating your problem nearly impossible. This is why professional bed bug control treatments are always best.
Why Professional Control Is Key
Here at Dandi, we don’t just treat homes for bed bugs. We use heat treatments, a method that leaves bed bugs with no way of escape and no place to hide. If you want to know for certain whether your home has an active bed bug infestation or not, give the bed bug experts at Dandi a call today.