Spotting a bed bug infestation can be tricky. Fortunately, there are several ways homeowners can determine the possibility and extent of this pesky problem.
Roaches, termites, and other larger insects are fairly easy to spot. However, when it comes to bed bugs, there’s little chance that someone would notice them without knowing their specific traits and behaviors or without the help of professionals. Fortunately, there are a variety of indicators that can help people determine whether or not they are, in fact, dealing with a bed bug infestation.
Clues That Show on the Skin
One of the main signs people look for are marks on their skin. These marks may appear to be itchy bite marks that are similar to mosquito bites. The bite marks tend to appear on portions of the skin that are usually uncovered at night when one is sleeping. Sometimes the bites may cluster in one place, which indicates that that particular space is experiencing a heavy bed bug infestation. With that being said, because bed bug bites can resemble bites and marks that are sometimes left by other insects, skin marks should not be the only determining factor. Along with seeking the help of trained technicians, there are other clues a homeowner should look for.
Clues That Show in Bedding
Once a person is suspicious they have been bitten by bed bugs, they should look for physical signs around their home. For instance, when changing or checking bed sheets, they may notice a variety of suspicious reddish brown spots. This could be a sign of crushed bed bugs. Small dark spots may be a sign of bug excrement. Some people might even notice light yellow skin shells from the bed bugs shedding skin.
Where Else Do Bed Bugs Hide?
Not only can a bed bug infestation show up in mattresses and bedsprings, but there are also a variety of other lesser known spots they tend to hide out. People should look through bedroom drawers, clothing, purses, suitcases, books, curtains, and even stacks of paperwork. They may also show up on sofas, in carpeting, in electrical outlets, around door frames, in between plaster cracks, and in many other places. Because bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card, they can easily hide in small, hard-to-reach areas.
At All Seasons Pest Control, we pride ourselves in helping residents throughout the Finger Lakes area combat bed bug infestations. We utilize environmentally friendly extermination methods that are safe for children, adults, as well as pets. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a highly-skilled team that utilizes the latest industry tools, knowledge, and techniques, All Seasons Pest Control is the right choice. Give us a call or send a text today at 315-548-4427 or fill out our online form to request a free consultation. Feel free to check out our FAQ page as well for more information about our treatment methods.