Do I Have Bed Bugs?
Identifying the signs of a bed bug infestation
According to a survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association several years ago, one in every five Americans has experienced a bed bug problem in their home or knows someone who has. While there hasn’t been a survey completed lately, it’s likely that number has not dropped. In fact, there’s been a lot of discussion across the pest control and hospitality industries about the uptick in bed bug activity this year, and since this problem doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, we thought it a good time to focus on these biting pests and specifically how to tell if you have bed bugs.
How to tell if you have bed bugs
If you’ve recently been on vacation, entertained houseguests from out of town, welcomed your college student(s) home for the holidays, bought a used pieced of furniture, or even purchased secondhand books, there’s a chance bed bugs have been introduced. Really, the ways bed bugs can show up in your house is too numerous to list and honestly, it’s more important to know how to tell if you have a bed bug problem. With that in mind, here are the common signs of bed bugs:
- Bed bug bites
If you’ve woken up with red, itchy bites on your arms, legs, or other exposed skin, it could be bed bug bites. It’s important to note that bed bug bites can show up immediately, but may not appear for several days.
- Adult bed bugs, nymphs & bed bug eggs
A more obvious sign of bed bugs is finding adult bed bugs and bed bug nymphs (smaller versions of adults) crawling around your bed, nearby furniture, or on your possessions. You might also see tiny, pearl-white bed bug eggs on mattress seams, box spring, and headboard as well as in other areas that are close to their food source (i.e., human blood).
- Blood stains
Bed bugs are mainly active at night and that is usually when they take a blood meal. During that time, these bugs will become engorged with blood and so you may find blood stains on pillowcases and sheets. Blood stains may also occur if the occupants of the bed roll over and crush these pests as they feed.
- Bed bug feces
Although bed bugs droppings aren’t as noticeable or obvious as rodent droppings, if present, you will know you have a bed bug infestation. Keep an eye out for feces that look like rust-colored spots on sheets, mattresses, and nearby furniture.
- Bed bug exoskeletons
As bed bugs develop from egg to nymph to adult, they will shed their exoskeletons (or skin). Look for tiny, translucent shells in areas where they’re likely to hide.
- Musty odor
If you detect a musty, sweet smell in the room you’re concerned about, it could be from bed bugs. This odor usually only accompanies large infestations, so you’d probably notice the signs of bed bugs listed above before you smell an infestation.
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