Waking up with unexplained bites? Are they from mosquitoes, chiggers? Or could they be from bed bugs? How can you tell if you have bed bugs? So many questions, so little time. Bed bugs are very reclusive and thus hard to find, making it difficult to tell if you have an infestation.
Here are six warning signs you should be looking for when trying to determine if you have a bed bug problem:
- Waking up with unexplained bites: Red itchy welts on your body can be caused by a number of things. However, red itchy bites on exposed skin areas in the morning usually mean one thing: bed bugs.
- Bite patterns: If you find bites on your body and notice they are in groups of three or four, often in a line, you may want to check your bed. Bed bugs tend to move in a strategic pattern unlike mosquitoes, so if they line up, it’s likely pointing to a bed bug infestation. They tend to feed several times at one location often described as, “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.”
- Dark spots on your mattress or box springs: If you find dark, ink-like spots on your bed, it’s highly probable it is bed bug excrement. The spots can look like a patch of mildew on a soft surface or black pepper on a hard surface. It has a black, tar-like consistency.
- Reddish stains on your sheets: These small stains can be caused from bed bugs being crushed in your bed. So what you may think is a small rust stain or dirt, could actually be evidence of an unwanted house guest. And don’t think it’s a dirty bed problem, because even the cleanest beds are susceptible to bed bugs.
- Cast skins: Bed bugs have an exoskeleton which means their skeleton is on the outside. As they grow, they outgrow their exoskeleton and shed the skin which is replaced by a new, larger exoskeleton. These skins are often a tell tale sign and can look like popcorn husks.
- Musty odor: It is rare for humans to be able to smell bed bugs, but some do, especially in heavy infestations. They describe it as a sweet, musty smell – but not a nice smell. These little critters produce a chemical that helps them communicate. If you smell this odor in your home, it is possible you may have bed bugs.
If any of these sound a little too familiar, it’s time to call us. Going to bed shouldn’t make you uneasy. It’s a time for rest, not a feeding frenzy. Bed bug infestations tend to grow in the summer so, keep a look out for these warning signs. If you think you may have bed bugs, peace of mind is only a phone call away. Our service the most effective, affordable and nonbiased way to determine if you have bed bugs.