Every homeowner and business owner dreads hearing the words bed bugs. They are nasty, parasitic, and uncomfortable little bugs that are a force. They are not something you should deal with on your own as a DIY project. It can be challenging to know you have bed bugs. To an untrained eye, bed bugs leave bites behind that look painfully similar to other insects.
As pest control experts at Proactive Pest, we know precisely how to identify bed bug bites and their habitats in Lawrenceville, Winder and Athens areas of Georgia.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Here are some common signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation.
- Bites are night
Bed bugs are much more active at night and in beds where they get their name. If you notice itchy welts on your body while you’re in bed or sleeping, it could be bed bugs causing the problem. Most homeowners don’t see bed bugs until they start getting bit by them.
- Itchy red bites are night
Bed bugs leave a distinct bite mark on your body. They are flat, red welts that have zigzag lines in small groupings. Their bites can also be in straight rows. The bites are irritating to the skin and cause secondary bleeding and infection due to itching.
Once a bed bug gets their fill of your blood, bed bugs will leave behind a stain of blood on your bed that looks like small rust spots of bed bug excrement on bedclothes, walls, sheets, and mattresses. You’ll see these stains on the corners and edges of your bed or your sheets or pillowcases.
- Skin sheds
Bed bugs are also creatures that shed their skin, so you might even notice exoskeletons on your bed. You may also see bedbug fecal spots, eggshells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide.
- Strong unpleasant smell
These bugs leave behind a very unpleasant and strong odor, similar to a wet towel. The smell is caused by the pheromones that bed bugs release as a group. If your bedroom smells unusually smelly, it could be time for an inspection.
Tips to Avoid Bed Bugs
Here are some tips to avoid any bed bugs.
Tip #1. Always inspect your bed. Before you pull back the sheets and climb into bed, strip your mattress and box spring, examining the corners and seams. Use a flashlight and magnifying glass. If you see any reddish-brown or rust-colored stains, it could very well be bed bugs.
Tip #2. Dissect the bedroom Once you’ve thoroughly inspected the bed, next inspect the room. Check any furniture that is upholstered, such as curtains, furniture, and headboard. Keep an eye out for those reddish-brown spots.
Tip #3. Inspect the Closet If you plan on setting up the hotel closet, check the corners and your clothing thoroughly. Knowing the signs and symptoms of bed bugs is half the battle. We hope these tips help keep you and your family bed bug bite-free. Keep reading to learn about ways to reduce pest invasions around your home.
If you find any signs of possible bed bugs, contact us for a FREE consultation at Proactive Pest.
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