Do you have Bed Bugs? Know the signs.
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Reports of bed bug infestations have been on the rise since 2004, and the bed bug population is rapidly increasing. Here is some basic information that can help identify a bed bug infestation.
Bed Bug Bite Symptoms
Bed bugs are that feed exclusively on blood, generally at night, and bites are an indication that an infestation has taken hold. They can look like other kinds of insect bites, like those from mosquitoes or chiggers. Bed bug bites can produce a wide variety of symptoms in humans, including itchy rashes, hives, or welts. Bites can usually be found on parts of the body that remain exposed while sleeping, such as the neck, arms, or upper body. The bites are often arranged in a zigzag pattern, marking the bed bug’s path.
Bed Bugs: Physical Evidence
Infestations can be more accurately identified by examining bed or furniture for physical signs left behind by bed bugs. Look on the fabric surfaces of beds or furniture for these indications:
- Rusty or reddish stains. These result from bed bugs being crushed.
- Eggs and eggshells, which are very tiny. Eggshells are very small as well, and pale yellow.
- Dark spots, a little bigger than the size of a period. This is bed bug excrement.
And of course, the clearest indication of an infestation is finding the live bed bugs themselves.
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Where Bed Bugs Hide
If the physical signs of bed bugs aren’t immediately seen, try looking in the piping, seams, and tags of a mattress or piece of furniture. The box spring of a mattress is a favorite of bed bugs, as well as any cracks on the bed-frame or headboard. Remember, bed bugs are generally nocturnal, so it can be difficult to find evidence during the day.
Treating a Bed Bug Infestation
Treatment is difficult. Bed bugs can survive both low and high temperatures, they can hide in small spaces, and they can live almost anywhere their hosts (humans) live. If you have them, you’re almost certainly going to need professional help to get rid of them. Eliminating bed bugs can be complex, and also requires the use of high heat or chemicals. Call Anderson Pest Solutions today for a free estimate!