Warning Signs of Bed Bugs

Warning Signs of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are able to hide right under your nose. They are tiny, only 3 millimeters long, and feed on human blood. Bed bugs are parasites that burrow into the human scalp, causing itching, rashes, discomfort and feeding on their host’s blood. If left untreated, they may cause damage to our immune systems.

It is virtually impossible for anyone to completely avoid having bed bugs since these tiny critters are experts at hiding. The experts at Rentokil are experts in finding them, too, and these four warning signs may hint at a bedbug infestation:

  1. Bedbug bites – Bed bugs are more than just an irksome nuisance; they can also cause some serious health problems. Their bites, which look like little red bumps, are itchy and can cause an allergic reaction, including fever, itching, and rashes. Bites can occur all over the body causing maximum discomfort.
  2. Blood spots on sheets – Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of animals and people. The bites of bed bugs may look like mosquito bites, but it is the dark red-brown stains on your sheets, mattress, comforter, and pillows that should be the first warning signs of bed bugs. The blood from bed bug bites is reactions on the skin and, over time, will cause more red-brown stains to appear if not seen right away.
  3. Broken eggshells near bedding – Broken eggshells are one of the telltale signs of bed bugs because they often leave these behind when they feed on human blood. Broken eggshells may look like small pieces of gravel or sand, and because of their small size, it is easy to miss them unless you inspect your entire bed carefully. Eggs and eggshells are sometimes found near bedsheets, near headboards and furniture, in cracks and crevices, between floorboards, and on mattresses.
  4. Unusual musty odors – Bed bugs give off a smelly substance called uric acid. Their waste contains this uric acid, and it causes a noticeable musty odor that most people mistake for mold or mildew. Bed bugs are known to thrive in dark places where people rest, so people need to check everywhere, including the mattress, nearby furniture, and bedding to find the source of the smell.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are an infestation that continues to grow both in size and scope. This infestation can be frustrating and costly, but it is possible to rid yourself of these pests. You need to remember that bed bugs are more than just a nuisance; they potentially carry diseases that can affect your body. There are ways to treat bed bugs either by yourself or with pest control services.

It is important to take an outbreak seriously and take steps to prevent bed bugs from coming back. Make sure you do not bring any bed bugs into your home by vacuuming and washing any clothes you brought home from hotels or other places where bugs may be lurking. Washing on a high heat with anti-bacterial liquid, as well as drying your bedding and clothes on high heat, if they can handle it, is a good step to take.

If that has not helped the situation, you will need to call in a pest control specialist in your area, who will hopefully make sure that those bed bugs are eradicated. You then may want to consult with a professional exterminator about preventive measures going forward. If you see any signs or suspect you have bed bugs in your home, contact your pest control specialist immediately!