The fact that you are reading this blog means you are already suspecting a bed bug infestation in your home. But how do you confirm your suspicion?
Homeowners are often too scared to even think about these tiny insects crawling around their homes, but bed bug infestations are much more common than you might think. While it is generally believed that they are only found in dirty homes, the truth is that they can be anywhere. Anyone can bring bed bugs home with them from the outside, usually clinging to bags and clothes.
Bed bugs are sneaky little pests that are good at hiding. But that does not mean that their presence goes entirely undetected. Learning about the signs of an infestation can help you stay safe and hygienic.
So, to determine if your home has a possible bed bug infestation, here are a few signs you need to look out for:
1. Bed bug bites
Do you ever wake up with red, itchy welts on your body? It could indicate a bed bug problem. Bed bugs prefer to feed off sleeping humans, which means you will wake up with bite marks on exposed parts of your skin. Look for clusters on your neck, face, shoulders, arms – basically any part of the body that wasn’t covered. Sometimes, the bites might also appear in a zigzag pattern.
Since bed bugs feed only on blood, their fecal matter looks like tiny coffee grounds and smear in quite a distinctive manner. Also, these critters do not like to be too far away from their food source, that is you, so you will probably find their droppings on your bed (on your sheets and pillowcases) and any furniture around it.
This is perhaps the least reliable way to detect a bed bug infestation because the odor is often imperceptible to the average human nose. Nevertheless, it can still be helpful in case of a large infestation. The bugs’ sweat glands emit pheromones, which have a strong, sweet, and musty odor often likened to raspberries.
4. Bloodstains on your sheet
Even if bed bugs feed in the dead of the night, they don’t always get away unscathed. When you turn in your sleep, you can easily crush a bed bug that is feeding on you or has just fed, thus leaving a bloodstain on the sheets. So, if you notice such stains along with bite marks on your body (and are unable to find another cause), it could mean that you have a bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs are not just a nuisance but also a major health risk, which is why it is crucial that you call in the pros to make sure that they are completely eliminated from your home. Bug Stompers is a team of experts that are trained and experienced in pest control (bed bug treatment included). If you have noticed any of these aforementioned signs of infestation, get in touch with us to book our services today! Call us at (937) 322-2245 or send us an email at email@example.com.