Bed bugs are a problem in various homes. They are small, and thus they hide easily inside furniture and are difficult to eliminate from your house. They feed on blood and can cause your skin to itch. While bed bugs do not carry viruses and bacteria, living with them can be irritating and painful.
When you find the warning signs in your house, you should take action immediately. A female bed bug lays about 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime, meaning a terrible bed bug infestation can happen before you even know it. Therefore, it is essential to identify the signs of bed bugs in your house and hire bed bug control before it is too late.
Signs of bed bug infestation
You have itchy red spots.
Probably the first noticeable sign of a bed bug infestation is waking up with unexplained red, itchy spots on your skin every morning. These bite marks are small in size, red in color, and maybe inflamed. However, some people’s skin may not react to bed bug bites, making it harder to identify them. That is why it is essential to inspect them.
There are bloodstains on your bed.
When these bugs feed on you, they inject a substance known as anticoagulants. When the insect stops feeding, it causes a droplet of blood to form on your skin, which then transfers to your bed sheet and pillowcases. These may look like polka dots on your bed. If you wake up with red polka dots on your bedsheet and pillow, it is time for an inspection.
There is an unexplained musty odor.
A musty odor can be a stale, moldy, and damp smell. If you suddenly find an unexplained musty smell in the house, it could be a sign of bugs. Bed bugs release a chemical substance called pheromones. A small number of bugs do not make a difference. However, the smell can become quite strong when they are present in large numbers.
You find dark, rusty spots on your mattress.
Other than red, bloody stains, dark and rusty spots on your bedding and mattress could also be a sign of bed bugs. Bed bugs often leave fecal stains on the bedding. These spots may be greasy to touch and can produce an awful odor.
You find a collection of cast skins.
If you find a collection of tan-colored, tiny cast skins anywhere in your house, typically in the creases of mattresses or under furniture, it should be the sign to call for professional help.
Bed bugs won’t bother you first, and you may think one or two bites are harmless. But it does not take a lot of time for them to multiply in numbers. They could harm the guests that come to visit you and stay the night. When you suspect a bed bug infestation, contact a licensed service to get them removed.