Bed bugs are parasitic insects that come out for a few minutes at night when you are deep in sleep and feast on your blood. They can be very difficult to get rid of and can multiply quickly because each female can lay up to five eggs every single day. Knowing what are the most common signs of bed bugs can help you keep an eye out for a possible bed bug problem so you can stop the infestation before it gets completely out of hand. Bed bugs are also known to hitch rides on your clothes and in your purse or bag. If your home becomes infested with bed bugs, you could possibly spread the infestation to your place of work, or to your friend’s and families’ houses and even in their cars. You do not want to have to ever warn your acquaintances or loved ones that you may have spread a bed bug infestation to places they frequent. If you suspect a bed bug infestation or have seen definite evidence, give a pest pro a call to inspect and possibly treat your home before it becomes a problem.
What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are tiny, round, brownish-red bugs that can be found in the seams of your mattress, under the box spring, or under or behind furniture near your bed. While knowing what they look like is helpful, it is very unlikely that you will ever see a bed bug walking across your bed. They do not come out except for a few minutes at night to get their blood meal and then return to their nests.
Signs you have a bed bug infestation
One of the first signs you will see of bed bugs are the bed bug bites on the back of your neck, along your arms and shoulders, and on any other part of your body that is not covered up as you sleep.
Bed bug bites are:
- Typically in a cluster or in a trail
- Look similarly to mosquito bites
- Pink raised bites that are sometimes red
- Found on exposed skin
- Not found where clothes are tight or in moist areas like along your waistband or under socks
Other things to look for if you are searching for a possible bed bug issue are:
- Shed exoskeletons
- Red or brown spots on your sheets or pillowcases
- Sweet, musty odor
If you find bites on yourself or members of your family or find any other signs listed above, it is very possible that you have a bed bug infestation. Give a pest pro in your area a call to describe what you have found and have them inspect your entire home for these blood-sucking bugs so the infestation can be quickly treated and eradicated as soon as possible. Every day, the infestation will get worse with every newly hatched egg.
If you are in Chula Vista, CA and need the best pest pro to inspect and treat your home for bed bugs, give Nixtermite a call today.