The last thing you want to think about as you climb into bed at the end of a long day is what may be lurking there. Most people have no idea there’s even a problem until the bed bug situation has turned into a full blown infestation. Bed bugs will spread if untreated.
How do you know if you have bed bugs?
Early detection is key.
Bed bugs aren’t just in the bedroom, as their name implies. They can live anywhere in your home—from carpeting and furniture to electrical outlets and your clothing. To make matters worse, you might be transporting them to other people’s homes as well.
Outside of the obvious: seeing live bed bugs, look for these physical signs when changing bedding or after you’ve been out of town:
- Dark spots: if you happen to see a dark spot the size of a pepper flake, that could be a sign you have bed bugs. This is bed bug excrement and may cause a marker-like stain on your sheets or mattress.
- Reddish stains on sheets: these stains could be the sign of a crushed bed bug.
- Eggs and eggshells: tiny, pale yellow skins left behind by nymphs as they grow.
Bites on your skin are NOT an indication of bed bugs necessarily. Those bites could have come from other insects, such as mosquitoes, or could simply be a skin rash because of eczema or a fungal infection. If you’re not sure, treat anyway.
Where do Bed Bugs live?
Bed bugs do need a host to live, which means they could be anywhere in your home. Typically though, bed bugs will establish themselves around your bed—near the mattress and box spring tags, the piping, seams and in bed frame cracks. Being the width of a credit card, bed bugs are miniscule and will make their home in cracks.
How to eliminate Bed Bugs so you can sleep at night
Contact a professional pest control expert like Blue Chip Pest Services. We have been eradicating bed bug infestations for years and will nip your problem in the bud. Our expert team will leave no mattress unturned, inspecting your entire home with extreme thoroughness. If we do find signs of bed bugs, we will treat your home. Don’t wait, call today!