Bed bugs are a common household pest that, as their name would suggest, infest the bedding and linens within your home. These bugs can give a
painful bite and are also a health hazard, as they can cause allergic reactions and severe discomfort in your skin. Still, small infestations can be hard to notice.
Fortunately, there are a couple of warning signs that you can look out for to help determine when you might have a bed bug infestation. Knowing what these signs are can help you know to contact a pest control specialist to have the bugs removed before they become a serious issue in your home.
Staining on Sheets and Fabrics
If you notice that there are a number of small, inexplicable brown or black stains on your bed sheets or on any of your upholstered furniture, you may have a bed bug infestation. These stains are fecal matter from the bed bugs and usually come alone with a number of other signs.
More often than not, fecal matter stains will come along with blood stains that result from bites. In addition, keep an eye out for small bug shells, which can point to an infestation as well. These are usually white or yellow in color, but the shells aren't dead bugs. Just like snakes, bed bugs shed their outside skin every once in a while.
Another good indicator that you may have a bed bug problem is if you notice a number of small, unexplained bites on your body (or the bodies of your pets and other family members). Bed bug bites can be tiny and don't always show up the same way on every person.
Generally, however, bed bug bites will resemble small red welts and usually come in a straight line if they come in a series. Keep in mind that having unexplained bites on your body can point to several different types of pests, not just bed bugs, so you'll have to look for other warning signs before you determine the type of infestation you have.
Bed Bug Eggs
If you notice that you have strange stains on your sheets or bites on your body, you should do a close visual inspection of your bed and other fabrics. Bed bug eggs are white and shiny, and they can blend into the fabric of your bed or other surfaces fairly easily.
Finding eggs on your bed or anywhere else in your home is a good indication that you need to contact a pest control specialist straight away, as the longer you wait, the greater the risk is that your bed bug population will explode, leaving you with a much more serious and harder-to-fix infestation.
Actual Bed Bugs
Beyond the above signs of an infestation, the clearest warning sign of a bed bug problem is seeing a bed bug itself. They're small, but not so small that you won't notice one crawling on your sheets or your desk. Bed bugs are brown and like to congregate in the darker areas of your bed.
Stripping the sheets off of your bed can help reveal a hidden population, as can turning your mattress on its side to inspect the edges and the underside. Additionally, don't neglect your box spring or any other large piece of fabric in your home. Pet beds and couches are also particularly susceptible to an infestation.
For all of your pest infestation needs, please don't hesitate to contact us at Patrick Exterminating. Our team of highly trained professionals can help you eliminate any sort of pest within your home and get you back to your regular lifestyle.