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8 Signs of Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are a serious menace to society, and if you do not take care of the problem early on, it can get out of hand. The bed bugs feed off the blood, but they mostly go for animals because people are harder to find. Bed bugs prefer to go for human blood because they have greater access. Bed bugs are usually found in old and crumbled furniture because they like to feel safe and secure in their environment. If you find that some of your furniture has bed bugs, you should immediately seek professional help.

Here are the signs you should look out for when it comes to bed bugs:

Bloodstains

Blood is one of the most excellent foods for bed bugs. If you notice traces of blood on your sheets or mattress, it could indicate that you have bed bugs. Check your body for any signs of skin irritation because this is the first place that bed bugs usually feed.

Rashes & Itchy Bumps

Bed bugs feed every five days, and they bite their host to suck the blood out as they do so. You will start feeling itchy when a bed bug bites you; some people may go so far as to develop rashes and bumps. Bed bug rashes are oval or flat in shape, while others can be swollen, red, or raised depending on how much blood was taken during feeding time.

Musty Smell

A musty smell usually comes from areas where the bed bugs are making their homes. You will notice this smell, especially in the morning when you wake up. It is because bed bugs will move around a lot at night. If you have trouble locating the smell, look for dark specks on your bedding or mattresses.

Fecal Spots

Fecal spots are most commonly found on sheets, pillowcases, and mattresses. These black spots are the waste bed bugs leave when they excrete waste and blood during feeding. If you spot these fecal spots on your bedding, they might indicate a colony of bed bugs hiding in the mattress or box spring.

Dark Spots on the Wall

Bed bugs can also go for your walls, particularly near the bed. You will see dark spots on the wall if they are attracted to light. If there are tiny black specks on the wall next to your bed, it is a good indication that there might be a colony of bed bugs between the walls.

Live or Dead Bugs

While the bed bugs are pretty minor, you can still spot them by closely inspecting mattresses and your beddings. It would help if you did not think that everything was fine if you did not see any signs of bed bugs. Bed bugs will leave their corpses behind as they die, so there is a good chance that you could find some of them dead in your home.

Pet Behavioral Change

If you have pets and they are suddenly acting out of character, bed bugs may be responsible. It is because bed bugs bite their victims as they feed. Your pets may start itching or behaving strangely to protect themselves from the bites of the bed bugs. You can try asking your veterinarian if there is anything wrong with your pet, but if there is nothing medically wrong, it could be a sign that bedbugs are biting your pet.

Eggs

The female Bed bugs lay their eggs in secluded areas like behind picture frames, electrical sockets, outlets, and inside wall hangings or furniture. You will not see any signs of bed bug eggs, but you can spot them if you try to inspect those areas closely. You can also detect the eggs by placing tape over these areas where the eggs are most likely present or even setting glue traps here.

Looking for the signs of bed bugs is not nearly as difficult as people make it out 

to be. It is always better to take care of the problem as soon as possible because it only worsens when you leave it unattended. If you have decided that you have bed bugs, you should seek assistance right away. A professional exterminator can do a complete and detailed inspection of your home and conduct a pest extermination service. If your home is infested with bed bugs, pest control might be your best choice.

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