Signs of bed bugs can be hard to detect in the beginning. Bed bugs are a gross and extremely uncomfortable problem to have. You don’t have to be a “dirty and unkempt” person to get bed bugs either, anyone can get them. Bed bugs are not picky and love to travel, to them, the more the merrier. If you have an infestation, it’s best to find it early, before the infestation spreads or becomes established. Treating a minor (beginning stage) infestation is far less costly and easier than treating after it has grown and becomes more widespread.
To the average person, bed bug bites can be confused those of other biting insects such as mosquitoes or chiggers, so it’s important to pay attention to where and when the bites are occurring. Did the bites show up after camping all weekend, have you traveled anywhere/stayed in a hotel, or just woke up that were not there the night before?
We have compiled an easy to read list of signs to look for, to help you know if you have a bed bug problem.
Itchy red bites: the appearance of flat, red welts in small clusters, zigzag lines or straight rows is a key sign of bed bugs. Their bites are irritating and scratching them can lead to bleeding and infection.
Unpleasant or uncomfortable nights of sleeping: It may seem obvious that the bed is where bed bugs are most often found. Of course they would be most active at night when you are in bed with them. If you find yourself with those itchy welts after sleeping in your bed (or trying to sleep), its likely bed bugs are the problem.
*Bed bugs tend to feed on exposed skin rather (than crawling their way up your pant leg) such as arms and shoulders, which some may leave uncovered while sleeping.
Rust color stains on sheets or mattress: After the bed bug feeds on a human they will leave behind blood stains which will usually be found around the corners and edges of the bed and have a rusty color.
Unpleasant musty odor. Bed bugs release pheromones and when there
are a lot of them, the smell can be quite strong. The musty odor has been described as that of a wet towel.
If you experience any of these signs we urge you to call a professional immediately. http://www.alphahomepestcontrol.com (208)475-4440
Signs of bed bugs.
These tips can be helpful if you are traveling too. Bed bugs can be pick up in hotel rooms and you may not know it till they’ve made themselves at home in your own bed. As soon as you enter your hotel room we suggest you to do some investigation. Check the sheets for small rust colored spots pull the sheets down to check to mattress for the spots as well. A small flash light would be handy to check the corners of the mattress were the bed bugs like to hang out. Also check edges of the carpet, anything upholstered like chairs and curtains, check the head board and inside drawers of dressers and nightstands.