How to Check for Signs of Bed Bugs
No one wants bed bugs. Though these biting menaces were nearly eradicated by the 1970s, there has been a huge resurgence in bed bugs in the last couple of decades. If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, you need to investigate–sooner than later!
Where to Look for Bed Bugs
Bed bugs aren’t just hanging around mattresses and pillows–they can be found throughout a home. Here are the areas in which we recommend looking for bed bugs:
- Mattress piping
- Pet beds
- Pet kennels or carriers
- Electrical outlets
Surprised by some of these locations? This is the key to finding bed bugs: they want to hide, and they want to feed. Bed bugs will hide anywhere, if it gives them access to blood!
The ability to hide in very small spaces is exactly why bed bug infestations can be so difficult to get rid of. This is also why consulting professional exterminators is a good idea, when you find evidence of bed bugs.
What are the Signs of Bed Bugs?
So now you understand where to look–but do you know what to look for? Bed bugs are tiny pests, but they do leave evidence. Check for these signs around fabric areas or around areas where humans sleep:
- Reddish or rusty smears and stains.
- This occurs when bed bugs are squished.
- Pale yellow eggshells or eggs.
- They can be seen with the naked eye, even though they are very small.
- Tiny dark spots in clumps.
- This is bed bug excrement.
- Live bed bugs can sometimes be spotted as well.
You Can’t Identify Bed Bugs by Bites
Bed bug bites are not typically identifiable. Without any of the above indications, it’s not likely the bites are from bed bugs at all! There are a number of culprits that could be causing conditions that look like tiny bites, including fleas, rashes, and contact dermatitis.
If you think you’re experiencing bites of any kind, or an allergic reaction, look around for bed bugs or other pests–and please see a doctor! A physician can help you determine whether it’s an allergic reaction to a bug bite or another environmental factor.
Consult a Professional Bed Bug Exterminator
Professional exterminators deal with bed bugs and other pests all the time–and if you choose an experienced company, they’ve seen it all! An expert in pest control can help you determine whether or not you have an infestation, and how to control it.
If you suspect you’re dealing with a bed bugs infestation, or you’ve seen definitive signs of bed bugs, give Pioneer Pest Management a call. We’ll be able to confirm any signs of bed bugs, and help you treat and protect your home!