the 5 big signs you’re dealing with bed bugs
- Bites: The first and most important sign you’re dealing with bed bugs is the red, itchy welts they leave behind when they bite. While bites from mosquitos and other bugs tend to be scattered around your body, you are more likely to find a cluster of bed bug bites in a specific area, such as your arms or shoulders. Remember, bed bugs will not simply get tired of biting you—if they have exhausted one area of your body, they will gladly move on to another. That’s why you should never hesitate to contact an experienced pest control professional as soon as these bites show up.
- Red Spots: Bed bugs will often leave behind little red blood spots on your pillow or mattress when they bite you. If you are not sure you are dealing with bed bugs, consider these spots in conjunction with any bites you have received. Darker red spots may be dried blood, indicating your problem has been going on for awhile. Speaking of dark spots, you may also notice…
- Bed Bug Feces, Eggs, or Skin: Look for little specs in your bed or around your property that coincide with a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs leave behind light brown skin, and may also lay small tan eggs. It’s also possible that those brown spots you are seeing are flecks of bed bug feces (yuck!)
- A Musty, Sweet Smell: One of the lesser known signs of a bed bug infestation is the unpleasant sweet smell they leave in their wake. Watch out for this nasty, moldy odor, and make sure to call a professional if it is accompanied by any of the signs mentioned above.
- Small Bugs Hiding in Dark Corners: The final way to tell if you have bed bugs is to actually look for the insects themselves. Oftentimes, bed bugs will hide out in the seams of your mattress, or in cracks in your baseboard. However, despite their name, bed bugs can exist in a range of areas around your home, including drapes, carpeting, couch cushions, in lamps and lampshades, in and around nightstands and tables, and even inside electrical sockets. Bed bugs can be hard for the human eye to spot, however, so never hesitate to contact our experts at proof. pest control if you suspect you have an option.
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