Bed bugs are nasty little creatures that can infect your home, most commonly by infesting your sheets, blankets, and general bedding. Worst of all, the old saying is true: bed bugs do bite! They are highly unsanitary and, unfortunately, without the help of a professional exterminator, can be nearly impossible to get rid of. And the longer your home remains infested with bed bugs, the harder they will be to banish from your home. For that reason, it is important that you make yourself aware of the warning signs of a bed bug infestation and, if you notice any of these signs, that you call a pest control service immediately.
You've Been Bitten
One of the first warning signs that often lets people know they've been infested by bed bugs is when they discover bed bug bites on their bodies.
These bites can occur anywhere on the body and often appear as flat, raised welts with a reddish tint. Often, there are several bites grouped together. These bites will also itch and cause discomfort, and scratching them can make things worse by potentially leading to an infection.
Obviously, this is the last thing you want, and you certainly don't want to wake up every morning covered in bug bites. As such, if you even suspect you may have a bed bug bite, call an exterminator to take a look.
You Spot Their Skins
Another indicator that you may be dealing with bed bugs—a rather gross one—is if you find molted bed bug skin in your bed. They often shed and leave behind this skin. It can be tough to spot, so you will really need to get close to your bed and look for them on and along the mattress and box spring. Using a small magnifying glass may help you to spot the evidence left behind by these pests.
The bed bug skins are typically brown in color and have an oval shape. You should also be on the look-out for red, dingy-looking blood stains, which bed bugs also tend to leave behind.
If you spot any of these indicators of an infestation, you will want to have a pest control specialist come to your home to do a full inspection and start the extermination process. If you can follow these tips and be on the lookout for bed bugs, you can keep your home clean, pest-free, and pleasant to be in.