How do you know if you have bed bugs? There are several clear signs to watch out for.
One of the first indications of bed bugs is small, red, itchy spots on your body. This may appear as a rash, but this isn’t easy to distinguish from other causes or other insect bites.
However, bed bugs leave many other tell-tale signs of their presence. Always check your bedding. If you notice dark red spots and stains on your bed sheets or mattress, it’s a sure sign of bed bugs. This is either their excrement or a squashed bug.
You may spot dead bed bugs as well. Contrary to many myths, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. However, you won’t see them during the day, and it can be hard to see them at night, as they wait until you are fast asleep before emerging. They are very intuitive and know when it’s the right time to emerge or hide to avoid being detected whilst feeding.
Other insects may be present, so always look out for oval, reddish-brown critters. They can grow up to the size of an apple seed and may even look bright red after feeding on human blood.
In this event, there’s no doubt of an infestation, so you now have to take immediate action.
Typically, you will find bugs around the seams of mattresses and box springs. Also, your headboard, chair, couch cushions, and curtains are good hiding spots for bugs. They like to hide close to us humans, knowing there’s a meal not too far. It’s not uncommon for bugs to hide in furniture, or loose wallpaper, and then travel 5 to 20 feet for their meal at night.
Bed bugs can multiply very quickly, and very soon you may have a bigger problem on your hands. So when you notice any subtle signs of bed bugs, call a bed bug expert immediately who can eliminate them effectively, and save you from having too many bad nights of sleep.